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Georgia. a division of JHH & Associates.S. revised edition of the original text. U. 1998. 1999 Editions Amrita (France) 1997. 1997. Printed in the United States of America . 1996. original text with some additions and changes. Aquarian edition 1994 Ediciones Luciernaga (Spain) 1995. It has been completely reset in a typeface designed for easy reading and contains the complete. First edition copyright © 1986 by John Harricharan Revised edition copyright © 1999 by John Harricharan ISBN: 0-943477-08-5 0-943477-09-3 (3 volume set) A New World Book New World Books are published by the New World Publishing Company.This book is a new. Inc. WHEN YOU CAN WALK ON WATER. TAKE THE BOAT Published by arrangement with the author PRINTING HISTORY New World Publishing edition published 1986.A.. 1999 Edizioni Amrita (Italy) 1997. 1989 Berkley edition 1991 (six printings) Editora Pensamento (Brazil) edition 1993 HarperCollins (UK). 1988. 1999 All rights reserved.
Dedicated to Malika Elizabeth. Jonathan Nian and Mardai Elizabeth Harricharan .
And a million thanks to Robert “Butch” James.Special Thanks I am eternally grateful to Anita Bergen who untiringly shared the burdens of accuracy and coordination in the preparation of this work. who made it possible for this revised edition to be available. . a very special friend.
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When You Can Walk on Water. The manuscript bore the superficially humorous. idea. I had that thrill and joy of discovery in 1985 when my dear friend John Harricharan sent me his “just finished” manuscript for my opinion. but . the inner joy of unearthing some previously undetected gem of thought. Take the Boat I think everyone enjoys the thrill of discovery. or philosophical concept that one is certain will soon become immensely popular and widely heralded. Take the Boat Introduction to the New Edition of When You Can Walk on Water.
In my Introduction to the first edition. Take the Boat.” the narrator. more than a decade later. its many awards and prizes. I praised the manner in which John blended universal truths with effective storytelling techniques. with its worldwide acclaim. John Harricharan the author and “John. When You Can Walk on Water. my initial assessment has been proven accurate over and over again. I perceived that this marvelous. Throughout the text.John Harricharan spiritually challenging title. modern parable would seize the imagination and the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers. Today. “John” comes to understand that all the pain. and confusion is actually trying to teach us that we chose to put on the fleshly clothes of Earth to fulfill a mission of spiritual . I knew from my first read-through that the world would soon be hearing a great deal about this beautiful little book. keep encouraging us to continue to pay our physical dues and to continue to learn and to grow. published in 1986. The first-person narrative depicts a series of crises and triumphs within the world of commerce which coincided with a pilgrimage of soul in the higher realms. chaos. Through a powerful progression of dramatic lessons.
All of the chaotic. Just as we all love the thrill of discovery. Through the magic of entering the vision that John Harricharan has translated onto these pages.When You Can Walk on Water. whom John. Brad Steiger Forest City. Iowa . our narrator encounters within the pages of this book. . more than twelve years after I penned the introduction to the first edition of When You Can Walk on Water. swirling energy around us can be interpreted as quagmires of death and depression — or as opportunities for life and learning. I am certain that we would all like to meet some remarkable sage like the mysterious Gideon. of course. is the timeless enchantment of an extended allegory such as When You Can Walk on Water. Take the Boat. I am honored to have been asked once again to serve as the “host” who stands at the portal of this unique and fascinating work — and I am more eager than ever to invite new readers to explore its depths and wonders. . . Take the Boat growth. we may each of us join him on a spiritual pilgrimage that will lead us to the goal of higher awareness and greater enlightenment. And that. And now.
yet they shine ever so radiantly with newness whenever they are rediscovered. now as then. Take the Boat Preface T he question asked most of me by those who read this manuscript prior to its publication was. The ancient truths are as old as the hills. “What is Truth?” This is a book about you and me and others of our world. “Is it really true?” My answer.When You Can Walk on Water. is the age-old question. . “Is it true?” The question still asked of me after all these years by many of those who’ve read this book is.
What follows will mean different things to different people. limited only by your own beliefs about yourself and the world. Let us remember together the true nature of our being. Read on then. it will be a lovely. Perhaps.John Harricharan It is no accident that you have picked up this book. with an open mind and let yourself ask you questions. but may only have forgotten. you would rediscover and realize that you are a being of infinite power and potential. You can change circumstances. it is by “divine appointment” that we meet in these pages to explore again the meaning of life. if you so desire — for your only purpose in life is to make choices. in the exploration and adventures that follow. John Harricharan . For some. the entire universe moves to bring into fruition that which you chose. a life-changing experience. but for others it will be a powerful re-awakening. other-worldly adventure. Life is lived from within and one can never be hurt by what appears to be happening outside. Once the choice is made. Perhaps. Many of these truths you already know.
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I t was evening time. but today was somewhat different. Take the Boat Chapter One left the office and I was there all alone completing the few tasks that remain at the end of any day. Not completely dark.When You Can Walk on Water. It is not my nature to work late. Mixed with a feeling of accomplishment was the frustration and disappointment of not having completed all I would have liked to do. but with traces of the day still remaining. Everyone had 1 .
never complaining. Glancing through the window as I reached for my attaché case. A total stranger.” If there’s one consolation. “I’m already late.John Harricharan My office was at the end of the building. I cautiously approached. The lot was empty save for my little car which appeared to be waiting so patiently.” he said. Through the window in the dim light. Ingratitude really bothers me. It struck me as somewhat 2 . I descended the stairs to the main door. set the night alarm and walked out of the building. It wasn’t unusual for cars to limp into our parking lot with some problem or other. always nearby. I thought. it was that there wouldn’t be any traffic at this hour. With the idea of seeing whether I could be of any help.” I thought. I noticed a blue car a few spaces removed from mine. “What took you so long? I thought you might have changed your mind. Always it seemed to be waiting for me. The hood was raised and it seemed as if someone was trying to fix something. and he wanted to know what took me so long. “Time to leave. I saw a bearded face smiling back at me. overlooking the parking lot. The blue car was still there with its hood pried open. The nerve of the guy.
The bearded one got out of his car.” “Hello. Such determination in those eyes. it’s nice to meet you. however. “Try the motor once more. My name is Gideon. “Hi! It’s good to see you again for the first time. walked up to me. A totally improbable assumption I felt. He wore blue jeans and a flannel shirt and appeared to be somewhere between the ages of fifty and sixty. He wasn’t tall. such kindness as well.” He did. but his eyes were his most noticeable feature.” I stammered. shaking his outstretched hand. and yet. The beard which was as black as his hair was full and trimmed. I know. I had never seen the man before. Peering under the hood I shouted. that he seemed to have been expecting me. “My name is John. Mr. Even in the dim light of the street lamp.When You Can Walk on Water. one could see those piercing orbs and know they had lived a legend. His hair was jet black and neatly combed with one lock falling idly over his right brow. Take the Boat strange. This took me by surprise. Gideon. as I quickly dismissed the thought. and it immediately sprang to life and continued running with a beautiful purr as if nothing ever had been the matter with it.” “Yes.” he said. thrust out his hand and said. Although I noticed all these 3 .
Thanks for helping me with the car. but those eyes held me there. It just appeared to me 4 . I had the overwhelming urge to leave that spot and remove myself from his presence as fast as possible. “Oh. Maybe this was one of those set-ups I’d heard so much about recently. I couldn’t have cared less about the weather at that moment. yes. seeming to pull the very thoughts out of my head. even of themselves. but there was something in his voice that seemed to suggest that he really knew my name. “Beautiful weather we’re having. Perhaps he was intent on doing me harm — stealing or something. of the dark. I guessed. I kept staring at him all the while. My gratitude to you. He smiled.” he said. “No need to fear. I nodded indifferently. “How do you know my name?” I quickly snapped. but there you were! People these days are so afraid of everything.” I figured that he had to be lying since I hardly did anything to help him start his car. of each other. “I see that you’re alarmed — concerned about your safety.John Harricharan things in a split second. Most everyone is Jim or John or Ron or Tom. John. I thought no one would come at this hour.” he said.” He said it matter-of-factly.
” he said as I moved toward my car. yet. There were more important things to do now.” “Perhaps we’ll meet again soon. walking the dog 5 . It was the normal. “Anyway.” I muttered. I collected the mail and started driving up to the garage. my tired mind was already getting prepared. having felt I’d done my good deed for the day and probably would never see him again. and my wife and children would be wondering where I was or whether I was stranded on the road. but you’re welcome nevertheless. As is my custom everyday. The driveway is long and curving and the thought occurred to me to make arrangements for snow removal for the winter. “Perhaps. I wondered about Gideon but brushed the thought away. thinking how unlikely that would be. like dinner.” I said. It was far from winter and.When You Can Walk on Water. no more than 15 minutes or so before I pulled up to the mailbox at the bottom of our driveway. Take the Boat that the motor started the second I told him to try it again. He waved as I stepped into my car and drove out of the parking lot. “I didn’t do anything. By now it was very dark. short drive.
Dinner and then walking the dog would be pleasant. “What kept you so late today. I love to read. “Oh. and a little run with him would do both of us some good. friendly animal. was a spirited. going from one to the other until I complete them all. The aroma of slowly simmering chicken stew made me realize how hungry I was. Only three years old. I picked up Jonathan and proceeded into the kitchen. was waiting for me. It’s cer- 6 . but there never seems to be enough time. My wife. Finally.John Harricharan and finally taking out the garbage. Malika. “Rajah. nothing much. As I walked into the house. Just helped a fellow get his car started. Generally I’m reading at least five books at different stages. greeted me warmly. Mardai. Laying aside the mail and attaché case. and daughter. we watched a short TV show and then I read for a little while.” Dinner over. helped put the children to bed and discussed some of the day’s activities with Mardai. he had no concept of time and so was not too surprised to see me at that late hour. mail in one hand and attaché case in the other. my son. I took care of the remaining chores.” my collie. John?” Mardai asked as we sat down to dinner. Jonathan.
Take the Boat tainly not the best way to read books. We decided to turn in. and only then did I feel the fatigue of the day. but this way. I fell asleep.When You Can Walk on Water. 7 . Reflecting on my strange meeting with Gideon. I do manage to get through them.
I’m one of those ridiculous fellows who finds it almost 9 . Take the Boat Chapter Two impossible to sleep late. I t’s my habit to wake up very early in the morning. I was up and ready to go by six-thirty. Whether I to go to bed at eight o’clock in the evening or two in the morning. This morning being no exception.When You Can Walk on Water. I still get up by five or six. I said good-bye to my family and drove the short distance to the office.
‘sing’ is not the word to describe the sounds I make in the attempt. Although we’d received a large number of compliments about it. it wasn’t there. “I feel as if I know him or have seen him someplace before. I’m not even conscious of the quality of my singing. capable of recycling the valuable chemicals from their waste processing solutions. indeed. before I was caught up in the day’s activities. Perhaps it was at a conference or a convention. Actually.” It wasn’t long. It was an excellent machine. Things were not going too well for my business. sales weren’t increasing as fast as we had expected and. I pulled into the parking lot half expecting to see the blue car of the night before. “What a strange man.John Harricharan A breathtaking morning it was. looks at me quizzically and drives away. but in the car no one hears and there’s the feeling of safety in that private cubicle.” I thought. as 10 . however. The rays of the sun streaming through the windows of the car warmed my very being and made me want to sing for joy. We had designed and built a portable device that was of use to printers and photographers. Except on those rare occasions when a driver pulls up at a stop light. Of course.
But still. I had built an excellent management team and we were expanding our horizons. Abe Ludic. “It’s Mr. She switched the call to my line and for the next five minutes I explained to Mr.When You Can Walk on Water. “Do you want me to tell him you’ll call him later?” “No. Whenever I feel like becoming depressed.” was all I could say. We had recently applied for a substantial loan from a local bank only to have the banker laugh at us. there is a 11 . I’ll be over shortly. Another phone call. Ludic why a past due bill remained unpaid. “Do whatever you can. compliments don’t pay the bills. I’ll take it.” she said. Phone calls for the purpose of collecting past due payments coupled with the company’s financial situation were enough to drive me to distraction. The sound of the ringing phone woke me from my reverie. Take the Boat everyone knows. It was our plant manager calling to inform me that an entire production line had to be shut down immediately. at times I felt so alone in what I was doing.” I replied. The voice of my secretary heralded the type of calls I would receive all day.
take the next ten or fifteen minutes and become as depressed as possible. to get out of the office for a while. as soon as the second hand on your watch reaches twelve. It always seems to work. since you like to do everything well. Think of how very unfortunate you are. I stop doing everything and say to myself. “Now. however. Think of how terrible things are and how the entire world is against you. Today was no exception. I could go without breakfast and lunch without ever feeling uncomfortable. to leave the office and go for an invigorating walk. John. Note how everyone you know goes out of his way to make your life unpleasant. Ludic agreed to wait for another week. Somehow or other. Within a few minutes I’m laughing so hard at the absurd nature of my thoughts that the depression vanishes.John Harricharan game I play with. Wallow in your misery. I was able to make it through to lunch time. I thought. I’d gone quite a few blocks when I decided to return by an alternate route which would take me past a quaint 12 . Now.” When the second hand reaches twelve I try to become as miserable as possible. start. In fact. I had a strong urge. I don’t normally eat lunch. We were able to get the production line back on stream and Mr. It would be refreshing.
Since I was already in the restaurant. “Mr. opened the door and entered.. I figured I’d use the pay phone in the restaurant. I decided to have a quick lunch. As I approached a corner. She led me to a table over 13 . It’s an even smaller town that I work in. but could not shake the strange. Take the Boat little restaurant. instead of returning to the office.When You Can Walk on Water. Although the restaurant bustled with lunch customers. I located one on the other side of the room. I approached the hostess who looked at me. I breathed a sigh of relief. nagging feeling that I had to meet someone. I had the persistent feeling that there was an appointment I may have forgotten. call my office and check whether or not there was an appointment. looking for a phone. So demanding was my morning that I’d taken a longer walk than usual. I quickly walked up to the restaurant. I’ve been known to forget appointments before so. H. went over and dialed my office. Almost everybody knows one another. smiled sweetly and said. please follow me. It’s a small northeastern town I live in. I asked whether I had an afternoon appointment and was assured that I didn’t.” As I followed her across the dining room. I thought how flattering it was that she recognized me.
here he is now. Noticing my surprise.” I was becoming somewhat confused.” “Fine day it is. 14 . meeting Gideon again. I was surprised since no one. followed by my decision to have lunch and. indeed! But what are you doing here?” I asked not rudely.” “How did you know I’d be here? Even I didn’t know. You have these feelings at times. he seated himself. “Did you make reservations or plan to be here for lunch today?” “Yes. I made the reservations for both of us. Ignoring my questioning gaze.” “My other party?” I asked. finally. knew I would be stopping at this restaurant. “Your other party will be here soon. she looked around and said.” “Just had a feeling. “Oh. First the incident in the parking lot.” “Of course not. then the strange urge to walk past the restaurant. not even myself. “Fine day it is.” Up to my table strode Gideon. Enjoy your lunch. smiled and said. but rather out of surprise. she said. I thanked her and even before I was properly seated. But I certainly didn’t think I was going to see you again so soon. “Hope you don’t mind my joining you.John Harricharan by the far corner near a window.
Today at lunch. since you’re here.” “One of your problems.” he continued. you’re in a hurry again. Take the Boat don’t you? The phone rings and you know who’s calling. leaving me to feel that I could hide nothing from him. I wondered whether I was ever going to see the bearded man whose car broke down in our parking lot.When You Can Walk on Water. nothing. you 15 . Yesterday in the parking lot. “Pardon me?” “Oh. You think of someone you haven’t heard from in years and you receive a letter from that person. I’ll say it’s good to see you. again. John. Let’s have a quick bite because I’ve got to be back at the office shortly.” “I was thinking about you. as if speaking to himself. Everyone has the same measure of time. you were in a rush.” “Well. I talk to myself sometimes. Take some time to enjoy life. “Didn’t think you’d make it this time either. is everything fixed now? Does it run OK?” “Runs better than ever. is that you hurry too much. They seemed to probe the very depths of my mind. Just had a hunch that you’d be here and I took the chance. By the way.” His eyes seemed even more piercing than in our previous encounter.
It’s what you do with your time that’s important.John Harricharan know. Do you know that the word responsibility could mean ‘ability to respond’? Do you have a business to run or do you have a business that runs you?” For someone I was meeting for only the second time. he certainly had a lot of opinions about me. if you know what I mean.” 16 . “Actually I’m a trouble shooter. you know.” he said. What you’d probably call a consultant for my company.” “Only if you let it. always brightens my day and besides. A business to run — things to do. “I have responsibilities.” I replied. Sometimes the burden of it all gets to me. however. anyway?” A strange look came over those dark eyes. Twenty-four hours a day. but I wanted to be as polite as possible.” I really didn’t think I needed to be preached to today. “Where do you work and what do you do. And everyone has responsibilities. if you will. there was some truth in what he had said. “You seem to have things nice and easy. “a jack-of-all-trades.” I quipped. A good philosophical discussion. “It’s easy for you to say.
World headquarters in the Big City with branch offices throughout the country. I’ll be on the road again.” “Well. Inc. more or less. It’s not the car company. “Are you on vacation now?” “No. I’m on assignment. “So things aren’t going too well with your business?” he asked. remembering his problems of the evening before.” “Do you live around here?” “Not really. Is it a large corporation?” “To a certain extent — very diverse — in many countries.” “Can’t say that I have. I hope they give you a better car. 17 . I’m sure you’ve never heard of it.When You Can Walk on Water. Actually. Just passing through.” I said with a laugh. He smiled. a real long time. I’ll be in this area for a little while. Take the Boat “And your company?” “It’s called G & M Enterprises.” “What do they make or do?” “Somewhat of a service company.” Sensing his reluctance to offer more information and not wanting to be rude I asked. and changed the conversation back to my work. After completion of my current assignment. “We’ve been struggling for a long time.
Don’t struggle. But my strange friend wasn’t ready to leave. He reached into his pocket. There are times when we think we see light at the end of the tunnel. I had that sense of foreboding — not quite foreboding. but almost like I was getting involved in things for which I wasn’t ready nor prepared. but I refused. pulled out a card and handed it to me.” The restaurant was mostly empty now.John Harricharan Gideon. It’s tough. “Do you have a business card?” I asked. It was time to go. but somehow this time seemed different. I glanced at my watch. using it as a means of reaching his goal.” I was surprised to find myself speaking this way to a stranger. just follow the flow. He gave me the impression that he wanted to tell me something. In between our conversation we’d managed to finish our brief lunch. Let the river of life carry you. He thanked me and got up. Only two tables across from us were occupied. but more often than not it’s a freight train. I paid the bill and he offered to pay his share. He flows with it. “Why struggle? A seasoned swimmer does not struggle against the water. 18 . Again. I normally don’t share my problems with those who aren’t close to me.
Just a few friends and neighbors getting together to enjoy each other’s company.” I said. “Who knows? It really is a small world.” he replied. The afternoon passed smoothly without as many difficulties as the morning. I’m somewhat of a pushover when I like someone and I was beginning to take a liking to this stranger. He nodded and said. I thought. There was going to be a little dinner party at my house this evening. Possibly a storm was on the way. I hoped he wasn’t setting me up for something. Now back in the sunlight. It was beginning to get dark. power around Gideon. we’d meet again. Take the Boat “Thank you. We walked to the door and went outside. waved and left.” He turned. Several times I glanced through the window into the parking lot where I’d first seen Gideon.When You Can Walk on Water. strangely enough. As we said good-bye I told him I hoped we’d meet again soon. “Be grateful that you have a job to go to. 19 . I must say good-bye now and get back to that crazy job I have. All during lunch I felt an aura of kindness and. I walked back toward my office. Perhaps. the apparent mystery seemed to vanish.
perhaps. I couldn’t open the garage door either. “What seems strange?” I asked. John. The blasts of thunder reminded me of the legends of the gods on Mount Olympus hurling thunderbolts at their enemies. I thought. We ate by candlelight and marveled at the many faces of nature. The rain was a sheet of white water alternating with the reflection of brilliant flashes of lightning. I could hardly see as I drove up the driveway and. the impending storm had something to do with it. “The fury and nature of this storm. since the electricity was out. I decided to leave early to reach home before the rain came. getting drenched in the few seconds it took me to do so. Then the storm broke. I just telephoned 20 . After parking the car.” one of the guests remarked.John Harricharan You never can tell with the weather these days. I rushed into the house. I was about to pull into my driveway when all the driveway lights went out. Such fury of wind and rain I’ve rarely seen. Our dinner guests arrived and we made the best of a poor situation. “It seems really strange to me. All was dark inside except for the areas lit by the few candles Mardai had found.
We discussed the storm for a little while longer.When You Can Walk on Water. Take the Boat a neighbor down the street and he said that it didn’t rain there. Immediately there was a blinding flash of lightning and all our lights came back on. I seemed to connect it with something having to do with Gideon.” he continued. that made no sense. Yet. Personally. It was strange to see a storm that occurred in only a few square blocks.” “Didn’t rain there? A few blocks away? How can that be?” “And all their lights are on. For no apparent reason I thought of Gideon. 21 .
it began to seem as though my life had been a journey from crisis to crisis with only brief pauses in between.When You Can Walk on Water. Our newly-invented device was not selling as we’d expected. Things at the office seemed a little worse and busi- ness was not getting any better. Then. In the past few years. unexpectedly. Take the Boat Chapter Three T wo weeks had passed since I last saw Gideon. We were fast approaching another financial crisis. I had to make a trip to the Midwest. 23 .
unpacked my small overnight bag and took a quick shower. All travel and hotel arrangements made. there’s always a sense of excitement as I approach an airport. I thought. It would be a short trip. I had never met Mr. I went to my room. the desk clerk smiled and said. The noise of the jets generate thoughts of faraway places that intrigue me. “We have a message for you. Tarkas would meet me later. Seymour in person but hoped he would receive my proposal in a favorable manner. A good night’s rest and I would be raring to go. Mr.John Harricharan A potential account we had been courting for the past six months suddenly exhibited tremendous interest in our product. I would be ready in the morning for my meeting with Mr. No matter how many times I’ve flown.” I opened the note. but this was a business trip and all my thoughts had to be concentrated on the matter at hand. just two days. Seymour. After a pleasant flight. the head of the company. it was soon time to leave. Then I phoned home to let 24 . As I was filling out the necessary registration form. it was but a short cab ride to my hotel. It stated simply that M. Seymour’s idea to send someone to meet me. Perhaps it was Mr. H.
a lady stepped up to me and said. When it was time for dinner.” I nodded numbly and we went to the dining room. I thought. She appeared to be perhaps 25 or so. Her eyes were blue and her hair seemed to reflect a golden glow. I must admit that I resembled a giant question mark as I stood there looking at Marla. Take the Boat everyone know I’d arrived safely.When You Can Walk on Water. I went down to the dining room. “May I join you for dinner? We’ll talk more then. he had called my office and someone had mentioned it to him. “Hi! I’m Marla Tarkas. And I hadn’t seen him in weeks. I looked at Marla with evident discomfort. As I was walking across the lobby. Who was this woman. She was beautiful but had a distant look. Gideon again. “Gideon told me you’d be here and asked that I offer my help. She smiled at me sweetly.” Ah. But my secretary never gives out that kind of information. but certainly not more than 30. momentarily startled. as if deep in thought. When we were seated. You’re John!” “Should I know you?” I asked. 25 . here we go. anyway? How had Gideon known about my trip? Perhaps.
And I really don’t know Gideon that well. We’ve been through a lot together. “Oh. Inc. Are you good friends?” “He’s one of my closest friends. But all she said was.” I said. It was now all clear to me.” “What’s the name of your company?” “You probably never heard of it. “Gideon knows many things and has his own ways of finding out. hoping that Marla would shed some light on this.John Harricharan “How long have you known Gideon?” I asked.” she replied. for ages.” I rolled this around in my mind for a few seconds. but could make no sense of it. 26 . but it’s called G & M Enterprises. but he’s in a different department. “Do you work around here?” “Not too far away.” “I wonder how Gideon knew about my trip.” she said. Then I asked. smiling. Gideon and Marla knew each other because they worked for the same company. Had lunch with him once.” “Isn’t that the same company Gideon works for?” “Yes. “I haven’t seen him in weeks. I’m in the PR Department.
When You Can Walk on Water. We even talked a bit about the state of the economy. I always take along a few good books. or so I thought. As we left the table.” she simply said. Seymour in the morning and the large contract my company hoped to land. Perhaps I thought. Take the Boat Gideon found out. He was only trying to repay a favor. relaxed and read for a while. “You’re my guest. John. I thanked her politely for dinner and for the time she had spent with me. Then she mentioned something about my receiving a phone call later that evening and was gone before I could question her. Yet. one way or another. I returned to my room. why go to such extremes to repay a small favor? All I did was help him to get his car started. but she wouldn’t hear of it. Whenever I travel. I objected. It was so simple. The rest of dinner was spent telling Marla about my meeting with Mr. I’d misunderstood and Marla herself would call later. When we were through with dinner. 27 . about my trip. I was puzzled. Since I wasn’t expecting any phone calls. she insisted on paying the bill. called Marla and asked her to help me. she wished me success with my meeting the next day.
Thinking of what the following day would bring. “Hi! Good morning. “Hello. I must leave for a few minutes. I dreamed.” and she was gone. Seymour. if only to tell the other party that the receptionist would be back later. after locating the correct building. It was getting late and I needed a good night’s rest to be fresh and ready to go in the morning. A friendly voice on the other end spoke. I went to a nearby city. I put away my book. May I speak with Mr. “Please wait. I hoped it would stop. When I could no longer ignore the ringing I finally picked up the receiver.John Harricharan This trip was no exception. No phone call yet.” I said. but it kept on and on as if determined to have me answer it. There was an appointment I had to keep so. I definitely must have misunderstood Marla. And as I slept. While I waited for her return the phone rang. I went in. so I stayed up and read while waiting for the phone call Marla had mentioned. at least until she returned. She looked up at me and before I could tell her the purpose of my visit she said. turned off the lights and fell asleep. please?” 28 . In my dream. Behind a long desk sat a young lady whom I assumed was the receptionist.
was from 29 . nervously trying to help. I’ve been talking with the Wittersham account and they are extremely interested. When the receptionist returned. Seymour told me that his company would buy our products if one of his largest accounts. The receptionist just stepped away from her desk for a short while. “I’m Seymour. Wittersham.” I said.” I agreed to convey his message for which he thanked me and hung up. could you ask her when she returns to give Mr.” Mr. She then asked me to follow her and we went into an office where a distinguished looking gentleman was sitting at his desk. In fact.When You Can Walk on Water. the Wittersham Company. He rose and introduced himself. Mr. I’m awaiting her return. He told me a little about Mr. Wittersham himself is on his way over and will sign all necessary papers. Wittersham and how the Wittersham Company grew from a small beginning to become one of the largest in its industry. sir. “Please ask her to tell Mr. Seymour that Godfrey called. Seymour a message for me?” he asked. “Please sit.” I said. agreed to distribute them.” he said. “Why certainly. I gave her the message. “Please. Take the Boat “I’m sorry. it seemed.
It was a most vivid dream and thinking about it kept me awake for quite some time. and all of a sudden the dream ended and I was awake in bed. The expression on my face was one of pure astonishment when I discovered that the real Mr. I paid my fare and walked into the building where Seymour’s office was located. I was ushered in to see him. Seymour of my dream were exactly alike in physical features. Seymour and the Mr. Finally. All the buildings were tall and clustered together in what appeared to be the main commercial area of the city. it was morning and I got up and prepared for my meeting with Mr. Seymour. Mr. Seymour was pleased that I had come. I took a cab to his office. He would be willing to do some business with us he 30 . The only topic that he was ever interested in was the sea and he would literally spend hours talking about it. Without much waiting. We talked for a while about my company’s new product.John Harricharan the old school. “Make sure you tell Wittersham about your early days by the ocean. had little patience and was a hard man to deal with. I had never seen this man before and the coincidence seemed remarkable.” he said. conservative. After breakfast.
” The whole scene appeared to be a replay of my dream from last night. but that would depend on one of his largest distributors. looked at me and said. He gave a quick nod when I was introduced and started talking immediately.When You Can Walk on Water. Deep lines creased 31 . Wittersham hardly seemed friendly. perhaps I could be of some help.” Wittersham was a study in marble. “Sir. I’m from the company that manufactures the machine we’re discussing.” “Good? I don’t want good! Damn! I want the best. “Look now. I don’t have much time. It’s the best on the market. I finally grew brave enough to look Mr. Seymour. I’ll explain why our product is so good. Seymour. Wittersham in. “I’m told that old James Wittersham just arrived and he’s insisting on seeing me immediately. Take the Boat said. Wittersham straight in the eye and say. Tell me about this product you want me to handle.” He turned to the assistant who stood awaiting his reply and asked her to show Mr.” “I was just being modest. There was a knock at the door and an assistant rushed in and whispered to Mr. Seymour smiled. At first glance. If you could give me five minutes of your time.
Mr. I’d watch the sea change from a silvery white in the morning to a deep dark blue in late afternoon.” I spent the next few minutes explaining all the benefits of our product.John Harricharan his face as he looked from me to Seymour and said.” Seymour was looking at me and I could feel the frustration in his gaze as we discussed the sea. I wish you would visit our manufacturing facilities on the East Coast. Wittersham. Pursuing the only possibility afforded me I said. Some lovely restaurants by the sea. 32 .” “I wish the ocean was closer to us. I’d awake every morning to the sound of breakers. “By the sea? Do you go there often?” “Oh yes!” I responded. we make an excellent product.” He quickly looked at me and asked. I spent many years of my life a stone’s throw from the mighty Atlantic. I remembered my dream about Wittersham and the sea and concluded. Wittersham appeared utterly unimpressed. Incidentally.” he mused. “I was born not too far from the ocean. “So you see. “I love to go down to the sea. But the change on Wittersham’s face was amazing. “Let’s get on with it then. Finally. in exasperation and in an effort to clutch at straws. Gone was the scowl and he was now smiling.
After so many months we’d finally landed one of the largest accounts in this business. Wittersham continued. How the tall ships with billowing. I like this young man. The dark clouds of depression were lifting and my spirit had already taken wings. 33 .When You Can Walk on Water. Take the Boat “We must speak more about the sea one of these days. How the passing of tramp steamers with smoke stained stacks would carry my thoughts to distant shores. “Seymour. Seymour would now take on our product because his largest distributor wanted it. just as I was doing.” said Wittersham. said good-bye and left.” Turning to Seymour. Seymour and I continued our conversation but it was now in a lighter vein. I couldn’t wait to tell them about it back home. I told him of the many times I stood by a tree on the beach wondering if there were other boys standing on other shores looking out and wondering. I’ll be happy to have my company distribute your product. white sails would conjure up visions of mystic climes and far-off places. I could hardly contain myself.” Then he abruptly got up. “I myself am an old salt. We talked about boyhood days when I stood on the shores of the Atlantic and gazed as far as the eye could see.
” I insisted. He smiled as I mentioned the song of the sea and how the thought of the trade winds still strongly calls to me. Finally it was time to leave. He promised to work very closely with us to make the project a success.” she said with a quick smile. led me through tropic isles with balmy breezes and finally set me down in the northeast portion of the United States. Marla was waiting for me in the lobby. somewhat like the singing of the sirens to a tired Ulysses. Wittersham discussed? And didn’t the call contain 34 . “Very productive. “I trust you had a productive morning. Seymour agreed to have all the necessary documents signed and sent to me within a few days. “Didn’t you receive a call for a Mr.” I replied.” she replied with a wink.John Harricharan I told him it was the song of the sea that lured me from my birthplace. somewhat puzzled. and as an after-thought mentioned that no one had called me last evening. We said good-bye and I took my leave of him and returned to the hotel. It had been an exciting morning. Seymour? And wasn’t a Mr. “Of course you got the call. “No! Nobody called me last night.
I went to my room. so I quickly collected my things and went down to the lobby to check out and await Marla’s arrival. she turned. it seemed she knew exactly what dream I was going to have that night. In spite of the rush hour traffic. relaxed for a while to think over the events of the day and promptly fell asleep. Marla was punctual and we made it to the airport in record time. thus missing lunch. she calmly said. “Don’t be alarmed. Noticing my discomfort. not that there was anyone to tell.” Before I could answer. so I’ll pick you up at four. Puzzled and intrigued by the turn of events. In fact. packed my things. it was almost four o’clock. Take the Boat important information which you used during your meeting today? Have you forgotten your dream?” I almost fell over. She seemed in some ways so similar to Gideon. especially in the way she said things. we’ll have enough time to get you to your plane. You’ll understand more soon. Your flight leaves at six. it almost 35 . I’d told no one about my dream. Yet Marla knew about it. anyway.When You Can Walk on Water. I stared at her in awe. waved and was gone. When I awoke. I tried to put out of my mind any thoughts about her and Gideon and their strange ways. This way.
that any friend of Gideon’s was a friend of hers and it wouldn’t be too long before all of us met again. Marla mentioned she was extremely happy to have been of some help to me. thoughts of their strange ways haunted me and raised a thousand questions during the flight. . Much as I tried to push Marla and Gideon out of my mind. knowing that in a few hours I’d be home. I finally managed to engross myself in one of the in-flight magazines. and boarded my flight.seemed as if vehicles moved out of the way for us. Before saying good-bye. I thanked her. wished her well.
When You Can Walk on Water. And how would I ever have thought about talking of the ocean had it not been for the meeting I’d dreamt about? In a never-ending 37 . Take the Boat Chapter Four O n my way to the office the following morning. I couldn’t help but reflect on the events of the past few days. I wondered whether Mr. Without a doubt. the trip was an amazing success. Wittersham would have agreed to distribute our products had it not been for the conversation about the sea.
Dutifully I asked. I almost ran into a telephone post. I noticed the word “GIDEON” on its license plate. I briefly wondered why the driver sounded his horn. “How did you get this number?” I asked. however. the more complex it seemed. It was Gideon. It was my private line.John Harricharan circle these thoughts raised more questions about Gideon and Marla. “Shouldn’t you first ask how I’m doing?” he answered. This is crazy. It was an old Volkswagen passing me on the left. The more I thought of it. The ringing startled me since it was still only seven in the morning and I wasn’t expecting any calls so early. As it passed me. Only three people had the number for my private line: one was Mardai and the other two were extremely close friends. The sound of a car horn woke me from my reverie. My attention diverted. since I was already in the right lane. I thought. the telephone rang. “How did you get this number?” “I’m sure you have a lot of questions and that’s why I 38 . Within minutes of my arrival at the office. “How are you Gideon?” followed quickly by. I picked up the handset.
hopefully. I sat down and waited for Gideon while observing the birds and squirrels. we’ll meet in the park at lunch time and I’ll explain everything. John. Gideon. At first. would be there to provide some explanations for the perplexing things that had occurred. you choose larger and larger clouds. You may even want to vaporize them entirely or create new ones where there weren’t any before.When You Can Walk on Water. It was almost noon when I left the office for the short walk to the park. It is amazing how easily it works with practice. Cradled by the warmth. You pick a small cloud at first and then try to mold it in your mind into various vapory sculptures. I found it both exciting and relaxing at the same time. Listen. I picked a spot under a large oak tree. As you become more proficient. I thought I’d ignore the incident and stay as far away from these people as possible. Arriving at the park. I felt like sitting under a tree and practicing changing the shapes of clouds.” He hung up — as abruptly as that. Take the Boat called. where a bench was located. but my curiosity got the best of me and I relented. It was 39 . sunny day. It was a lovely.
strangely. there wasn’t anyone else in the park. if you like. Some of us remember much more than others.” “Are you sure? I have another apple. “Hope I haven’t kept you waiting long. You’ve been wondering about how I know certain things.” “No. One question at a time. “No. as if he had been out sailing. Think again of how many things 40 . He sat down next to me on the bench and began biting into an apple he’d brought along. thank you. You know them. John. Except for me. you just don’t remember them. almost other-worldly beautiful. “How did you know about my trip? How did you get my telephone number and anyway. and the wind ran races through the growing grass. I didn’t see you approaching. A voice interrupted. Let me tell you. too. who is Marla?” “Slow down. However. A blue jay was pecking at a piece of bread someone had dropped.” We both sat for a while in silence before I blurted out.John Harricharan peaceful and. I’m going to skip lunch today.” I said. I know many things. “Funny. I turned around and there was Gideon. “Aren’t you hungry?” he asked. This time he was dressed in a sailor’s uniform.” Startled.
not to listen to more riddles. too. “Who is this Marla Tarkas?” I asked. It’s one way of explaining it. I am who I am.” “You’re more than a psychic? Who are you? What are you?” He looked at me quizzically with a semi-pleased expression on his bearded face.” “That.” “And an extremely fine physical form.” I had come here for answers. Take the Boat you have known without ever being able to figure out how you knew them. “Of course I’m more than a psychic. not a 41 . But who is she? What’s this business that you people are involved in? Is this a cult?” He became much more serious now.” he said. John. too. “I am Gideon. I am. “No.” “Is that all? Are you a psychic or something like that? You see things before they happen? I know a lady who could do that. Those were answers any schoolboy could give. An extremely fine energy form she is. But much more is involved. I was determined more than ever. “Did you like her? I hoped you would. to get to the bottom of this.When You Can Walk on Water. I am I.
but not this strange. but he continued. “You know me as Gideon. But a name doesn’t tell much. whatever you are or want to be.’ I come from way before your time and go far beyond your guess. I never really took him too seriously before. I’d heard about such people before. I am what is called. . . 42 . a ‘helper of mankind. Yet. so are you. well . when one sits next to you on a park bench. I did wonder how he knew things about me and my work that I hadn’t told him. .” I sat glued to the wooden bench. And that I am. I had known that he was strange. I had hoped that I would someday. There are some of us who are involved in certain types of work that are different from the ones you have been accustomed to. I had also not discounted the possibility of meeting one. We are joined together by bonds that go back into eternity.John Harricharan cult as you would think. “It’s fine for you and Marla to be .” I stopped him right there. . but now he was dead serious. I come from anytime and anyplace and could go anywhere and anywhen. Marla is one. but leave me out of this. On occasion.” I was becoming somewhat annoyed and uncomfortable with his answers. in fact. So am I and. of course.
throughout time. There is an old earth saying that goes. the teacher will appear. nothing is a miracle. so here I am.When You Can Walk on Water. a student? I wasn’t looking for a teacher. I’ve had my share of teachers and don’t want to take any more exams. I have been around helping others for ages. As it is these days.” “Who? Me. Take the Boat your initial reaction is to run away — and as fast as possible. When you understand natural law. nothing is strange. But sitting there with him. Teachers and students imply tests. Or better yet.” “So you think you’ve learned everything and have no 43 . I actually felt an aura of tremendous power around him and thought I should probably give this encounter a bit more serious consideration. They may appear strange to you because you do not understand them. You also seem to have strange abilities and powers.’ You’re ready. Gideon. Why are you spending so much time with me? What do you want from me?” “My abilities are no stranger than yours or anyone else’s. I am already being tested to the limit. “You speak as if you’re from another world. ‘When the student is ready.
let me rephrase.” Again he was lying. “Show me something — a small miracle or so.” “Believe and I’ll show you. The first time I met him.” In a quick change of direction. I’ve seen few men who appeared to be more sane than he. 44 . and I’ll believe what you’re saying. I don’t really need a car. You have things reversed. “Where’s your car? Where are you parked?” “There are many other ways of traveling.” Part of me really wanted to believe him. That part said that he was crazy. analytical part which was very cautious. No. you know. All of life is an examination. he was in a car. John. how come your financial empire is falling apart? Listen. I thought.John Harricharan further need for teachers? If you’re so brilliant. There are things I could lead you to learn. Things I could help you to remember. A little help now and then wouldn’t hurt. a learning and testing experience. I asked. I see we have a lot of work to do. The other part was the scientific. if you will. You examine and test yourself constantly. And yet. There are things I still can teach you.
You wouldn’t have stopped to talk with me any other way.When You Can Walk on Water. I was quiet for a few moments. . but I had read about such things before and chose not to pursue it at this point. for millennia. Then there is the other part of you that sees only with eyes and hears only with ears. I did have a vehicle. “I have known you for eons. Gideon continued. That part tries to analyze. So the car. Mr. As I mentioned earlier. . the engine problem. You are a man of many parts. “When you saw me the first time. all effects for your sake. but here and now in a park in this small town? This was an entirely different matter. the lifted hood . Take the Boat As if reading my thoughts. all props. And why did he pick me? He still hadn’t answered that to my satisfaction. H. he said. Not being in a big hurry to 45 .” Gideon’s reference to knowing me for ages was a surprise. rationalize and compromise. In books and dreams I had come across some. You are a challenge to me. One part of you accepts these ideas totally and with full understanding. I needed something to get your attention. it had always been my desire to meet someone like him.” All this in such a short time was becoming too much for me to absorb.
It couldn’t have been more than a second later yet. fascinated by the new possibilities he brought to my mind. he was gone. Perhaps I had fallen asleep on the park bench and dreamed it all. I bid you a fond adieu. “It was good seeing you again. That all life forms were connected to one another by invisible ties. John. I listened.” I looked at him and then at my watch. We will continue our discussion at a later date. Meanwhile. keep an open mind. It was time to return to the more mundane aspects of life.John Harricharan return to the office. he was nowhere to be seen. I thought that I’d listen to a little more of what he had to say. he said. so I got up and walked back to the office. Finally. 46 . where thought or action in one area affected the entire fabric. When I glanced up again. That the universe was like a spider’s web. He spoke of seeing with the inner eye and of hearing with the inner ear. But no! A few yards away was an apple core he had left for the birds.
Those lovely.When You Can Walk on Water. I preferred not to analyze it. I was somewhat familiar with what 47 . I hadn’t seen or heard from Gideon in a while and wondered what had become of him. Take the Boat Chapter Five T he days rolled slowly by. lazy. Although he’d made a strong impression on me. summer blending into autumn. fall days when all you want to do is sit under a tree and dream of far-off horizons and distant shores.
48 . She was a clairvoyant. would be giving a lecture and demonstration in the auditorium at 10:30 AM the following day. June Mareena Ridley was a very special friend. A close friend of the family would be visiting soon. Ridley. I met her many years ago when I was completing a graduate business degree. I even had some friends who were considered to be psychically gifted. It stated that the internationally renowned psychic. a person who could see events before they happened. since I had read books about these ideas. At parties and get-togethers. He’d pointed out that most people were content to be left in their misery and that these same people refused to see the very light that would change their misery to joy. He’d spoken of the awesome potential of the human mind and of how we only used a small portion of it. part-time. June M.John Harricharan he’d said. I had just finished my last class of the evening and was leaving when a poster on the bulletin board caught my attention. at a major university. but still Gideon had a different effect on me. I could almost hear his voice again as he spoke to me that day in the park. she would do “mind stuff” that never ceased to amaze everyone.
Finally. I arrive for an appointment early and would rather wait in a parking lot or reception area than be even one minute late. Take the Boat Never having met a real psychic. I thought it would be interesting to see one in action. however. At that time. however. I gave in to the compulsion. I rushed into the auditorium. Generally. 49 . In the front row. At work the next morning. I was employed by a small manufacturing company and had responsibilities in the production area. This time. I couldn’t help it. Because I was new at the job. a nagging. there was a lone. I then drove as fast as I legally could to the university. Giving a feeble excuse to my boss.When You Can Walk on Water. It was as if I was being pulled to go and listen to June. It was shortly after 10:30 AM when I arrived and the lecture had already started. It was so quiet in the room you could hear a pin drop. uneasy feeling came over me. The more I tried to overcome the feeling. it would be difficult to leave during regular working hours to attend the lecture. I intensely dislike being late. Almost every seat was occupied. the stronger it became. empty seat which I quickly took. however. I had a strong urge to attend the lecture.
of different dimensions and different worlds.” She asked if anyone in the audience had ever seen or met her before in person. She spoke of God. Beginning with the back of the room.John Harricharan Standing at the podium was an attractive. She looked at me. angels and spirits. She is so concerned about 50 . I was just beginning to think that I’d wasted the entire morning when she decided to give us a demonstration of her natural abilities. “Your friend Elizabeth will be getting married soon and will be moving out of the area. “I want to be late. smiled and continued her lecture. She told us about her ability to see things before they occurred and how she was able to give what are called “readings” to people. middle-aged woman of medium height.” that each and every human being had the ability to develop those same talents. OK?” But after a few moments the meaning of what the woman was saying caught up with me. she said. I felt the audience’s annoyance at my late arrival and I angrily thought to myself. No one had. To one especially nervous woman. she pointed to people at random and told them a little about themselves and their lives. She explained that she was born with the “gift of seeing.
but totally ignored me. but I knew that couldn’t be the reason. Do you understand what I mean?” The woman was simply astounded. however. “Yes! Yes! That’s so true. she’s disregarding me as punishment for my tardiness I thought with paranoia.When You Can Walk on Water. After a few more “readings” she turned to a tall.” said the man.” and he kept shaking his head in astonishment. By this time. “Absolutely amazing. Finally. Do you understand what I am talking about?” “That’s amazing. for one of your partners — the short one with the beard and funny hat. Take the Boat her sick mother that she needs all the support you can give her. He will try to take control of the company away from you. “The trucking business which you are about to start will become a tremendous success. I was becoming very excited about the possibility of my turn. dark man somewhere in the middle rows. because she’d been speaking for such a long 51 . “Watch out. June pointed to a few others and gave each of them some important bits of information.” she stammered. Perhaps. There’s no way you could know about my trucking business and my partners.” she said.
Without having seen me before or knowing anything about my past. Using a paper cup. As the lecture came to an end.John Harricharan time. but she said. my family and where and how I lived. least of all by you. but that I shouldn’t be concerned about it. After she thanked everyone for coming. Not one word did she say to me.” I was surprised. It was one of the most amazing visits I’d ever had with anyone. I’ll see you later. but happy to have the chance to speak with her in private. She said that in less than six months I would have a new job. progressively more dejected. like all births it would be painful for a short 52 . Here was my opportunity to be noticed. I sat there. The professor who organized the lecture arranged for me to see June a short while later. she looked at me and said. What I have to tell you wouldn’t be understood by anyone here. Again I was wrong. Up I jumped and rushed to the water fountain in the hallway. I hurriedly brought June some water. she told me about my job. “Young man. It would be the birth of something wonderful for me. she asked if someone could bring her a glass of water. Surely now she would notice me and tell me something about my future.
When You Can Walk on Water. Many of the things she foretold began to take place. she seemed to be in another world. Take the Boat while. between her radio shows or television interviews. present and future and touched on things that only I could know. She continued for almost an hour telling me about my past. Since then. part-time business. many things changed for the better. These visits were always very special. The company grew and diversified. she would visit us for a week or two. We soon became very good friends. Then as our meeting ended.” And so. Her voice was soft and peaceful. Every six months or so. While she was speaking. Throughout the years. Although I remained unemployed for a while before finding another position. we did a few months later. she gave me her phone number and said. June remained a constant friend and advisor. We moved from our apartment into a house and then a few years later into a much larger one. Mardai and I were the parents of two beauti- 53 . “I would really like to meet you again. In less than six months I’d lost my job when the company moved to another state. You and your wife should come visit soon. I used the time to start my own small. By this time.
With June’s arrival. awaiting June’s arrival.John Harricharan ful children and June would spend hours with them. politicians and high level business leaders consulted with her on a regular basis. A short while later. We had certainly seen enough over the years to know that she had that rare “gift of seeing. It was always interesting listening to her describe these events. I’d almost completely forgotten about him.” I wondered what Gideon was doing. The living rooms — there were two — were located in the center of the “H” and the kitchen. At the dinner table. her clientele also included some well-known public figures. So it was with joy and excitement that we were. Although she would give readings to anyone. We were now totally used to her strange abilities and hardly questioned them at all. We had not seen her in almost six months so. once again. June. June told us about her most recent television interview. Mardai and I retired to the family room. with the children tucked into bed. Our house was built in the shape of an “H” with the sleeping area occupying one side. 54 . there would be much to talk about. Little Malika was a favorite of June’s and Jonathan would keep her busy for hours. Movie stars.
a gift from my wife’s parents. Because the family room was completely separated from the bedrooms. John. He says he wants 55 . He has a beard and dark. June?” I asked.” Having known June for such a long time we should have been used to such comments. especially when only the three of us were there and I was the only man present. piercing eyes. The piano bench was pulled slightly away from the piano.” “He says you know him. it was possible for us to talk and laugh to our hearts’ content without disturbing the children who were sleeping peacefully.” “Don’t do that to us. “The one over there. Take the Boat dining room and family room were on the other side. We’d been talking for just a short while when June turned to me and said. She said. He’s now looking at you and smiling.When You Can Walk on Water. On one side of the room was a fireplace and across from that stood a piano. “The man sitting on your piano bench says that he’s here to help you understand new things. that you’ve met before. “What man are you talking about. You know I can’t see anyone sitting there. I looked across and saw only an empty bench.
June?” “I can’t get the exact sound but it seems to be Simeon . it was Gideon again. John. she always saw things others could not. His name is Gideon. . “What’s his name. Now he’s gone. asked that I keep an open mind. But I couldn’t see him this time. We discussed this for a while and I recounted how I met Gideon and the events that occurred thereafter. Only June saw him.” Maybe she was right. June seemed to understand and. He laughed as he said that. He’s saying good-bye now and that he’ll see you again soon. It starts with a ‘G’. He said that you ought to keep an open mind. In my college days. I was trained as a 56 .John Harricharan to help you in your growth and learning and that you’ve been ‘going through’ experiences instead of ‘growing through’ them. But then. . . I was always trying to be logical about everything. it has a ‘G’. like Gideon. “It’s your strict scientific background that causes you to stumble many times. He said that you ought to know the spelling because not too long ago you saw it on a license plate. . or no .” So. Neither could Mardai.” That’s Gideon — the description fit him perfectly.
I really needed to learn how to re-program my thinking. Take the Boat chemist and mathematician — labs. I decided then and there to balance logic and intuition. Yet. research and analyzing. others call it intuition.When You Can Walk on Water. I insisted on seeing before believing. in spite of the fact that I knew and accepted June and her abilities. And this. 57 . more than most. to let them work together instead of against each other and to follow the inner guidance more consistently.” Some people call it gut feelings. the most successful times in my life were when I guided myself by the “still. Perhaps. small voice. The times that caused me the most problems were those when I drowned out the inner voice with logic and analysis.
I decided to go for a walk in the woods behind O n Sunday morning June departed for home. John.When You Can Walk on Water. We said our good-byes. Take the Boat Chapter Six again soon. Listen to him and keep an open mind. the man on the piano bench will be in touch with you. “Remember.” In an effort to clarify the many confusing thoughts in my mind. promising to meet 59 . Her last words to me were.
Perhaps. I thought. And always there was the perpetual. tropical rain forests for a boy to explore. We walked into the clearing. About three hundred yards from the house if you go north by northwest. but their 60 . if he dared. this was the place of their high worship ceremonies. it was a joy for me to spend hours in the forests. It was quiet and peaceful by the rock. In that clearing is a giant rock with many smaller rocks surrounding it. subtle call of the ocean. It felt like long. open area in the middle of the trees and bushes. The morning sun streamed through the leaves and branches of the tall trees falling directly on the little patch where Rajah and I stood. I took Rajah with me. a mysterious tribe of American Indians lived in this area. The little village where I was born couldn’t have covered more than a few square miles. is a small. To the north was the Atlantic Ocean and to the south were miles of misty. And forests and streams were plentiful. The forests also sang. long ago in another country and another clime. In my youth. a sea song luring me away to distant places. Since he likes nothing better than to run free in the forest. The serenity seemed to reach back into time. Legend was that centuries ago.John Harricharan my house.
Year after year the village grew as the inhabitants constantly fought back the jungle and the sea.” “I’m beginning to believe you really do the crazy things 61 .” The voice thundered into my head and interrupted my thoughts which roamed the village streets of long ago. the village would become extremely prosperous. I saw him leaning on a boulder next to mine. strange hat and cowboy boots. literally cut out of the jungle by my grandfather and a group of stalwart men. Looking around.When You Can Walk on Water. Home to me was this small fishing and farming village. only to die years later after I left. It seemed that both wanted to reclaim the village as a prize. it was still my village and thoughts of those times raced through my mind. Take the Boat songs carried the soothing comfort of the familiarity of home. He was dressed like a story-book character. In time. Some folks in another time and place. “Just came from a party. In my mind though. bright colors. “It is in remembering the times of your strength and overcomings that you can grow stronger and overcome even more. “Gideon! What are you doing here? Where did you come from?” The astonishment in my voice startled Rajah.
Had you looked with your inner eye.John Harricharan you talk about. Everyone does that. did. no one ever observes the 62 . You were awake at sixthirty this morning and it’s almost ten-thirty now. you would have seen me too.” “Because it’s so obvious.” He interrupted me. John.” “Things like an inner eye and time travel seem so much like science-fiction to me.” “Were you in my house the other night?” “Sitting on your piano bench. . but your friend. like time travel and nonsense like that.” “Why couldn’t I see you?” “You were looking only with your physical eyes. You couldn’t see me. It’s done regularly by those who know how. Do you really think that people can travel through time? I mean. One method should be obvious. .” “That’s silly. There are some of us who commute to other times just as simply and easily as you commute to other places. “You already travel through time.” “You would do well to believe the things I tell you. Time travel is far from being nonsense. . June. You have traveled almost four hours since you got up this morning.
Take the Boat process carefully.When You Can Walk on Water. I decided to get a cup of coffee in the cafeteria. The other method is more fun. if you could. You travel through time in your dreams. It’s taken for granted. “May I join you?” 63 .” “But that happens without any rhyme or reason. The other parts of you which accept the seemingly miraculous as natural function in their own time and space. What time does your watch read right now?” “Ten-thirty on the dot. Think of a time in your past that you’d like to see again. depending on the encounters.” I thought of an incident in college many years ago. The conscious mind is removed from its monitoring functions. Close your eyes and hold that thought in your mind for a few seconds. A well-known speaker was giving a lecture in the auditorium. I was enjoying my coffee at a table in the corner when a man walked up to me and asked.” “Not quite. There it happens automatically. if you really understand how it works. Since I had enough time before the lecture started. It’s called existing or living. Dream times are uncontrollable.” “I’ll give you a demonstration. or more frightening.
Two people were drinking coffee. They’ll only be able to see us if we want them to. “Don’t you know who those people are.” He led me to a small table across from where we were standing. I looked a bit closer and was amazed to realize that the younger man was me — not me as I am today. When it stopped. Our conversation had lasted for about an hour. but the me I was many years ago in college. I looked around. It’s better this way at first. “Of course. Gideon said.” as he sat down.John Harricharan I replied. You’re visiting another time. John?” asked Gideon. Other students were standing around and I began to worry about how I would explain our presence when Gideon said. Imagine my surprise to find myself and Gideon standing in the college cafeteria of long ago. They can’t see or hear us. they seemed familiar. I wished I could go back to that scene for just a short while. There I sat as a 64 . Somehow. “Don’t worry.” He had hardly spoken the words when I was overcome by an enormous swirling sensation. “Let’s go and see your college incident again.
When You Can Walk on Water. “That’s the event you were thinking of when we left your present-time situation.” Fascinated. “It’s time for us to leave here and go on to another time and place.” “You see.” Gideon said. I stood there watching and listening in on their conversation. Take the Boat college student — much younger and thinner. Finally Gideon said.” “Do you recall the effect his conversation had on you?” “How could I ever forget? The compassion and the vision of that man! I’ll always remember that. “We’re looking back in time. without the gray in my hair — sipping coffee with another man.” A thought struck me. Gideon? I mean. he revealed who he was. remember and learn from them. but by the end of our conversation. Do you recognize the other man? Don’t you remember that he came to your table and sat with you for a while before he went on to give his lecture?” “That was Dr. the me of then and the me of now conversing with each other?” 65 . we can visit events from the past and observe. Martin Luther King! I didn’t know it when he first sat down. John. “Could we have participated in their conversation.
” He had barely spoken when I felt the return of the swirling sensation. In time. A young man dressed in Hindu clothing was approaching us. It was barely sunrise as I stood on a large flat rock looking out over the calm waters. let’s go. “What river is this?” I asked Krishna. tossed a smile at me and spoke to Gideon. so I hurried to meet you. that we can participate in this event. The man walked up to us. “Hello! They told me you’d be here soon. it will become the holiest of 66 . John. The entire scene changed and we found ourselves standing on the bank of a river. of Hindu mythology.” Gideon seemed to know him and introduced him with the words. It was a beautiful morning as the sun reflected waving patterns of molten gold across the water’s surface.” The two of them continued a lively conversation as we approached the water’s edge.” said Gideon. “My friend Krishna.John Harricharan “Yes — but there are certain rules one has to observe. “You’ll notice. For now. “It’s a tributary of the river Ganga — what you would call the Ganges.
Take the Boat rivers for Hindus. “Sort of like worshipping the messenger while ignoring the message. until they learn to direct their footsteps toward the light which beckons to all of us. How do you feel about that?” “We are all manifestations of God. We were created in the image of God. in the twentieth century. just as the Jordan will become the holiest of rivers for Christians and Jews alike.When You Can Walk on Water. “Did you do that?” I asked He smiled mischievously. his followers very quickly forget the way and start worshipping the way-shower.” Krishna walked over to the rock where I stood. But the sad part is whenever any one person points the way to a better and more fulfilling life. As I glanced down. He placed his foot on it and then moved aside. they actually worship and sing praises to you. Vishnu? I mean.” “That’s an interesting thought. “They’ll speak about it for generations to come. Yea! For thousands of years.” “Don’t the Hindus speak of you as the most important manifestation of their god.” I replied.” 67 . I saw a footprint appear on the stone where there was none before.
” I said. 68 . Start to enjoy it” As I stood on the banks of this holy river. this was what was meant by “atonement. “Sit down. motioning towards a large rock.John Harricharan “Gideon is a close friend of mine.” We said good-bye to Krishna and then that swirling sensation returned again.” said Krishna. we were transported back to the woods behind my house. In the blink of an eye. I felt at one with the world. you could explain some of this to me. Apparently totally unconcerned. Pay attention to him and you’ll find that you’re listening to yourself.” Then I heard Gideon saying to me. “at-one-ment. a sudden peace enveloped me. He’s agreed to work with you and teach you some of the eternal truths. Gideon stood next to me. “We must return now. “We’ve known each other for eternity. “perhaps. at one with the universe. Life is a joyous adventure. Rajah remained exactly where we’d left him. My watch still read ten-thirty.” I stretched out on the grass under the tall trees and awaited Gideon’s reply. Perhaps.” or.
There are currents. By the ripe old age of five or six. Take the Boat Chapter Seven the tides. “Time is like 69 . time as moment after moment. white and dark water and backwash.When You Can Walk on Water. Human beings have been conditioned from birth to believe in sequential time. “or more correctly. that is. like a river.” he said. one has generally forgotten G ideon settled on a rock and wriggled somewhat to make himself more comfortable.
there was a fight and he was 70 . other electronic marvels. Gideon. . yet . space probes to distant planets and so forth. In fact. another part was firmly anchored in the logical thinking processes. We visited different times. . indeed we did. Suppose I had gone back to the time when my great grandfather was a boy. I think. .John Harricharan the intricacies of the nature of time and space and thus is primed to live in a world where tomorrows come after todays and yesterdays lead to todays. I don’t really think all that is important.” “Tell me about the classic case. or die of asphyxiation because there is no more breathable air. Suppose we met. “Stop.” As much as one part of me wanted to understand what he was saying. No clean water to drink because your rivers and streams have been poisoned by chemicals. Gideon. What with television. didn’t we?” “Yes.” “Oh it’s not that bad. advanced computers. But let’s get back to this ‘time’ thing.” “If you don’t blow yourself up first. At least not. I’m relatively comfortable in this time slot. who knows? This time and place could still be fun.
I can’t take you home and introduce you to my family. Just suppose. Manage your thoughts and you determine your existence in space and time.” “Let’s not get too involved in this matter of ‘time. meet my good friend Gideon who dresses strangely. What would I say? ‘Here. but still at the kindergarten level.When You Can Walk on Water. 71 . Gideon. travels through time and knows Krishna’?” “Your family wouldn’t be able to see me at this time.’ John. Take the Boat killed.” “You mean that there are thousands of me living in thousands of different situations in thousands of worlds? Come on. In that probable lifetime you would not have lived as such. you or anyone with some practice could travel to different times and different places. but in another and another and a hundred thousand others you live and are as vibrant and alive as you are here. It’s rather an advanced concept. OK? Would I be here. Suffice it to say that we. How could I have been born if my great grandfather had died as a boy? Ha! Got you on that one!” “Pretty clever. now? Would I be there or anywhere? Explain that.” “That’s fine for space and time but I’m getting hungry.
didn’t you? I brought it with me this morning. “Just lunch. Gideon?” I asked. look at your watch.” “No.” he said. All we did was center ourselves in an area of nonmovement of time and so it appeared that time stood still. Each person exists in many dimen- 72 . It felt as if time hadn’t passed. but I hadn’t noticed the basket before. “In fact. if you will. What time is it?” I glanced at my watch and saw that it was still only ten-thirty.” Strange. very simple when you understand it. He was sleeping peacefully. Let’s have some.John Harricharan And as for being hungry. although we had been talking for what seemed like hours. All is well with you and your family and the world. Not to worry though. not counting the “trips” we had made. “What’s that. You said you were hungry. “You certainly couldn’t stop time. “It’s really simple. I looked at him and said. No side effects. pointing.” I looked across to Rajah. We helped ourselves to a delicious lunch while Gideon continued his commentary. could you? Not even you could do that. Next to him was a picnic basket.
In each lifetime. Take the Boat sions and many systems. Brimming with food-for-thought. Each one inhabits the entire universe. You’ve actually done quite well. or having lived before? Surely.When You Can Walk on Water. an other-worldly being. you don’t believe that. as you now can see.” It was a rather pleasant and ‘learningful’ morning. however. I am. So are all of you on earth. You’re all just visitors 73 . . But that’s precisely the most important spot in life. Gideon’s repertoire had offered me some extraordinary perspectives to consider. each one influences his entire future and past. It was. you learn and strive to be better than the one ‘before. time to return to normal and to experience present-time and people as I knew them. our church fathers would string you up for saying such things. Gideon. “Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you accept time as eternally now. but most times. then you exist in many systems and dimensions simultaneously. . .” “You know. “You live as many lifetimes as are needed on earth.” He interrupted me again. What with all this nonsense talk about being born again. John.’ if you accept time as sequential. From that spot. the here and now. is focused in only one tiny spot — the here and now.
Only Rajah and I remained. Whichever way you prefer. The lunch basket disappeared too — not even a leftover crumb. 74 . you still have access to awesome power. See you soon.” And then he was gone. Simultaneously. Others prefer to remain ignorant of that fact. Some of you know this. we rose and walked back to the house.John Harricharan here.
It’s the time between 75 . The ride to the office was taken up with reflections on the past few days. I have little trouble with weekends.When You Can Walk on Water. Although we realized we’d be seeing her again soon. Take the Boat Chapter Eight weekends that sometimes gives me problems. All too soon Monday arrived. but much too short. T he remainder of Sunday was enjoyable. June’s visit had been most welcome.
John Harricharan Gideon still amazed and intrigued me. “No.” As usual.” “That’s good to know. I was the first one to arrive at the office. just amazed that you always appear at the strangest times. “What do you mean. he was waiting for me.” He did not smile this time and was more serious than I’d ever known him to be. As I walked in turning on the lights. John. sitting on the chair across from my desk. of course not. some of his ideas were difficult to reconcile as I struggled with my “reality thinking. But again. your 76 .” I hastened to assure him. I accepted some of his concepts such as time travel as distinct possibilities.” he said. especially since I was a party to some of those journeys with him. “It seems as if you’re getting bored with me. “for your employees.” he said with a twinkle in his eye. “Gideon! Not you again!” I exclaimed. Gideon?” “You’re afraid. “Not bored. There was no doubt in my mind that he had access to considerable information and power. I came because I felt that you’re going to need to see a bit more clearly today.
you feel that you can’t see the light. Don’t you remember the numerous legends of creation?” “Yes. I’m still concerned about myself and my people and because of my concern. What you say is true — but I’m only human. You were all created in the image and likeness of the First Force. You think you’ve done all you could to make things better and yet. not the caring. the Almighty.” “Only human. You and everyone else are more divine than human.” 77 . your friends and others. When nothing seems to work right. you short-circuit yourself. You care. So what? I’m human or divine or both. Take the Boat family. you worry and become fearful and because of the fear. Gideon. You’re much more than just human. Is it so terrible to care for others? Is it a sign of weakness to be concerned about your fellow human beings? What’s so terrible about that?” “No. I sometimes fear and tremble. The worrying is what gets you. John? Only human?” He was intense as he continued. You must make a distinction between caring and worrying.When You Can Walk on Water. so you try to make everything work right. It really doesn’t matter.” “You seem to be reading my mind again. of course. “You use that as an excuse. John.
” “So. it will come to pass. Your humble servant listens. are creators. Worry removes your focus from everything else and directs it in a concentrated manner on that which you fear. The Creator made everything and all of us. One of those laws says that whatever you see in your mind — good or bad — if you believe it. “Worry is a form of directed energy. Use insight and you’ll see right. Worry and fear then join to bring into your existence the very thing which you feared.” “Yes. Creation starts in your mind with your thoughts and imagination. Cause and effect world. Lord and Master. John. O Great One?” I asked somewhat sarcastically. these qualities are so deeply buried that they’re hardly ever recognized or used. “You see. the rules are really quite simple.John Harricharan “In what way or manner. how do I stop worrying? Tell me that!” “You stop worrying when you understand the universal laws that make things work. but most times. John. John. We are endowed with many of the qualities of the Creator.” He ignored my mocking attitude and continued. please continue. also. We. 78 .
As you think and believe. “I thought that God could do everything. not in someone else and not even in the one you call God.When You Can Walk on Water.” 79 . Gideon. I know most of those things but how do I use that knowledge in a practical way? How do I use it to improve my present situation?” “By centering yourself and looking within you. We only have to relax and become quiet and to believe in ourselves and the abilities inherent in us.” “Good sayings. We must believe and trust the process. why wouldn’t He give us some of those answers. Take the Boat What you sow. you see. This is an inside job. He does want us to learn by discovering the process. Often we’re just unable to see that we already have — or can have — what we want. God doesn’t withhold our good from us. The answers are all within you. so it becomes. especially when we pray to Him so earnestly?” “Because you don’t understand God and the methods He gave us for finding answers. Not outside. Why wouldn’t He have the answers? More important. However. We don’t have to beg or plead.” That puzzled me for a second. Then we’d begin to receive answers in the form of ideas. you shall reap.
Various religions locate their gods in places such as temples. He seemed so far removed from everyone and everything that only popes and priests. Humanity does seem to have so many gods. “Your religions are like schools in different countries. the Jews yet another and on and on. Who and what is He? Why doesn’t He hear when people cry to Him? Tell me if you can. I thought I’d throw a curve at Gideon. mountains. pastors and preachers. emperors and presidents had access to Him. Gideon answered. Gideon. while others may place more emphasis on chem- 80 .” Without blinking an eye. Tell me about God. “Hey. I had learned in Sunday school that He lived in a place called heaven. The Muslims have one. Some schools may stress art or history. Even I have a god with whom I was vaguely acquainted. no answer. Legends speak of greater and lesser gods. kings.John Harricharan This discussion set me to thinking about God. Some have more than one. They teach you basically the same thing but in different languages and in different ways. streams and skies. the Christians another. One would lift beseeching hands and cry in pain to this god . you know so much.but most times.
‘Hear. He’s even concerned about the little sparrows and the lilies of the field. God is in each person. which took a lifetime to build.’ is as true now as it was then. “Why don’t I see clearly what must be done for my company? Is it necessary that all this. in each and every part of creation. God is here and now. you’d better start taking music lessons as well as flying lessons. the Lord thy God is One.When You Can Walk on Water. But there’s a common thread in all of them — they lead to the same place. “And God listens and cares. O Israel. Take the Boat istry or math. be torn apart or destroyed?” Patiently Gideon responded. Heaven or hell is here and now. The cry of the ancient Hebrews. So God by any other name is still God. me?” I was sorry I brought it up. God is no more or less present in you than in another life form at the edge of the galaxy. “God is not in a place or time. God does not sit on a golden throne surrounded by angels who play harps or fly around all day. If you think that is what heaven is. “If it must be that way 81 . the Temple of Wisdom and Light. or ever will be. We could talk about that subject for days. Wouldn’t He be concerned about you. in each life form. or for that matter. Again I changed the direction of the conversation.
“Now. but we’ll meet again soon. If it doesn’t have to be that way. then accept it. I’d like to introduce you to a good friend of mine who may be of some help to you. Know that what you’re seeking is also seeking you. He has an office in the Big City. money and relationships. just as there are to drive a car or to build a house. Would you like that?” “Certainly. Prepare yourself for that which you’re seeking. better yet. But you’re the one who has to decide.John Harricharan for your greater good. 82 . Know that the forces of the universe will rush in to bring you what you want. If he could help us with this financial thing. provided of course. John. “All problems on earth are of three types: health. I must leave you. There are proper and correct methods one must use to solve a problem. There are many more things to discuss. Or. you want it badly enough and believe that you can get it. deserve it. Incidentally. When you have a slow day we could visit him. You want a successful corporation? Then prepare for it. Look at any problem and it will fall under one or a combination of these three categories. then that’s fine too.
it would be fun. 83 . Take the Boat I would go to the ends of the earth to meet him.” he said.” Then he was gone.” “I’m sure you’ll like him. It would be weeks before I’d see him again. “Have a good day. He stood up and smiled. Let’s go soon.When You Can Walk on Water. “Even if he’s half as strange as you. John.” Mischievously I added.
85 . the company would be unable to increase production to meet the necessary requirements of the contract. Without these funds. but things still weren’t going the way we’d have liked. Take the Boat Chapter Nine I t was true that our company had finally managed to acquire a large contract. very hard the results weren’t comparable to the efforts. Although everyone was working Additional financing was urgently needed.When You Can Walk on Water.
If there was a possibility that it could lead me to the proper contacts for a business loan. Gideon had mentioned that he wanted me to meet with one of his friends in the Big City. Of course.” Without waiting for a reply. he hung up. the phone rang. Ready to go?” I asked. but I didn’t like to think about that. Few things surprised me about this man these days. “I see that you’re ready to go to the Big City.John Harricharan There was even the possibility of having to dissolve the corporation. I was walking toward my car in the parking lot when I spotted him. at least I wouldn’t have left any stone unturned. At our last meeting. Gideon. it was Gideon. 86 . If nothing came of it. I thought I’d call Gideon and see if I could make arrangements to go with him soon to visit his friend. “Good morning. “I’ll meet you in your parking lot at nine-thirty tomorrow morning. At nine-thirty the next morning. I was even more interested than before.” he said. It might even turn out that the meeting would be enjoyable and there were so few fun things I did these days. waiting for me. As I searched my desk for his business card. He was standing at attention near my car.
’ answered the disciple. “ ‘Master. There was this one disciple. To walk on water — that is my goal. there lived a Guru and his bramcharyas or. let’s go.” “Once upon a time in the ancient land of Bharat. “ ‘And what task have you set for yourself. so very shy and timid.’ “Years passed and under the gentle guidance of the 87 . I’m positive you’ll have a fine morning. disciples. He was to work exceedingly hard for several years to perfect himself in the task that he. As we drove out of the parking lot. John. had set. Each disciple was supposed to pick as his test a very difficult task to perform. I will practice until I’m able to do it.” Those dark.” he replied. you’re able to traverse space and time. Gideon? I mean. piercing eyes narrowed as he answered. I jokingly asked. himself. as you would call them. somewhat brighter than the others yet. Take the Boat “Sure. Let’s do it the easy way. ‘I want to be able to walk on water.When You Can Walk on Water. “I’ll tell you a story. “Why do we have to use a car. Let’s arrive in the Big City instantaneously and avoid all the traffic. my son?’ asked the kindly Guru.
I asked about the people we’d be meeting today. I prefer plain talk. “You’re expected. See that city across the river? I can now walk on the water and go over to the city. you generally can take the boat. Master. most of the disciples accomplished what they had set out to do. ‘Why did you not take the boat? You would have saved so much time.” Somewhat unclear about the main point of the story.” but didn’t ask for an explanation.’ “Looking at the young disciple the old master sadly asked. Finally. I can walk on water.John Harricharan Guru.’ ” “John. I have overcome. ‘Master. these many years.’ said he. lo. “I made all the necessary arrangements. also. I don’t always like to listen to riddles or parables and Gideon certainly had a lot of them.” he said. ‘I have toiled and practiced without ceasing. the shy disciple approached the Guru.” “Do you think I’ll be able to get some help for my company?” 88 . when you know you can walk on water.” “Are they business associates of yours?” “Business associates and friends. I mumbled an inaudible “Oh.
I was thinking only of myself and my problems. I don’t like driving into the Big City. I mean. “You know we need a loan to continue our operations. not with the type of information and power he seemed to possess. He broke into my thoughts saying. but 89 . too. It’s the way one goes about solving them that’s interesting. forgetting that he. but his clipped answers were beginning to annoy me. so I left him to his thoughts for a while. Usually.” “True. could be occupied with problems of his own.” He became quiet again. but even God doesn’t like boredom. it doesn’t make sense. Being there is one thing.” “God shouldn’t have problems. pensive mood this morning. The drive wasn’t too unpleasant. To exist without challenges would be boredom at its ultimate. he shouldn’t have any problems. God can do anything. Maybe they’d be willing to help us out in this situation?” “Perhaps.” he replied. Not wanting to appear rude. I gave up any further attempts to make conversation. But then again.When You Can Walk on Water. “Even God has problems.” He seemed to be in a quiet. Take the Boat “A definite possibility. Gideon.
I counted them. as always. A flock of gulls had been flying above and to the front of the car since we left the parking lot. There were seven. “What?” “The ancient Israelites.” he said. The freedom of flight. Gideon handed the driver an address and a few minutes later we stepped out in front of a tall building on an obscure side street.John Harricharan trying to get there is quite another. We walked up to the door. impersonal. There are few things more unpleasant than being stuck in traffic for hours. It was. I thought. “A flock of gulls by day and a pillar of fire by night.” “Three cheers for the Israelites. At times 90 . Gideon broke the silence. In a short while. again having no idea of what he was talking about. We stepped out into a long hallway. We parked the car and walked through the never-ending crowds to a waiting cab. you know. entered the lobby and were soon on our way to the thirty-third floor. To amuse myself. I took a few moments to straighten my tie and comb my hair.” I mumbled. were led in their wanderings in the wilderness by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. we arrived in the Big City.
There were paintings of strange symbols on the walls.” he said. Take the Boat the winds of the Big City could be exceedingly fierce. Inc. at the same time. You remember Marla?” “Marla will be here. Gideon?” He was a bit more relaxed now. and welcome to our office. I forgot that she works for this company. please.” said Mary. The receptionist left for a few moments and when she 91 . World Headquarters. right. “Hello.” she said.” There was that twinkle in his eye and I knew that he was back to his old self. “Yes. Mary.” “These are the people you work with. too. She seemed quite pleased to see me there.When You Can Walk on Water.” replied Gideon. He pushed open the door as we walked into a reception area that was both simple and. A receptionist looked up and smiled. In a short while Marla joined us and we renewed old acquaintances. “Won’t you sit down. too? Oh yeah.. John. “You look well. elegantly decorated. It will only be a few minutes. There’ll also be another friend of mine here. again. Gideon. At the end of the hallway was a large door bearing a sign that said: “G & M Enterprises. “It’s about time you got to meet my boss. Marla is here already. It’ll be good to see her again.
she announced. “I want you to meet God. John.” She escorted us through the main area to an office with a sign on the door that read: “President and Chairman of the Board.” For a moment I was stunned. Gideon. He seemed to be middle-aged. 92 . you know the big boss. ornate desk behind which sat a rather imposing figure. I quickly regained my composure. As the door opened he said.” I teased. I looked over to the person sitting behind the desk. but no fear in Gideon’s voice as he continued. We walked over and Gideon proceeded with the introductions. “John.John Harricharan returned. “You’ll enjoy this meeting. On the far side was a large. Then I remembered that many people refer to their bosses as “god.” and so. “The chief will see you now. He is president and chairman of the board of G & M Enterprises.” I noticed a tremendous respect.” We stepped into an office thickly carpeted in celestial blue. I’m pleased to introduce you to our chief executive officer. The office was luxuriously decorated and contained several lush plants dramatically placed throughout the well-lit room.” “Gee.
His hair was jet black and his eyes dark and piercing. He motioned for us to sit and asked whether we’d care for something to drink. None of us wanted anything. The God with a capital ‘G’.” I started feeling queasy. You’re in the presence of God. I thought. I mean. somewhat like Gideon’s. so I sat anxiously waiting for someone to start the conversation. It was 93 . This isn’t a joke. The one known as “God” was informally dressed — not even a tie — although his shirt appeared to be expertly tailored and there was an unrecognizable insignia over the right pocket. “Glad you could come. My entire being was focused on getting some financial help for my company.When You Can Walk on Water. Take the Boat possessing a powerful presence about him.” I mumbled something to the effect that it was also good to be here and that I’d been looking forward to this meeting. Gideon spoke up. Must be some trick of the light. Yet. as I looked at him a little more carefully. his hair now appeared to be lighter and his eyes blue. shook my hand and said. He rose from his chair. I’ve been waiting for your visit for a long time. “John. you don’t seem to understand. My thanks to Marla and Gideon for getting you here.
God spoke this time. “I understand. Excuse me. I’ll be back in a few seconds. You’re mad. at least for the time being. that there was more to this than met the eye. The voice was neither too high nor too low and resounded with a vibrant life force. 94 . “Even now. Yet.John Harricharan impossible for anyone to be speaking face-to-face with God. make yourself comfortable because we’ll be here for a little while. I was just dreaming. That only happened in movies and books. My curiosity prevailed and I decided to accept all this for a while to see where it would take me.” With that he got up and left the room. but not in real life. “John. right?” “Well. you still don’t believe that I am who they say I am. some things are very hard to believe.” He said.” I replied.” Perhaps. Reason dictated that this was all nonsense. We’re all mad here. However. At that moment the words from Alice in Wonderland came to mind — “I’m mad. there was a part of me that said it was all right for me to believe.
John?” “Think? What do I think? This is probably the most inconceivable thing that has ever happened to me and you’re asking me what I think? It’s impossible for me to think at all. Finally Marla asked.” M arla and Gideon just sat there staring at me when the door closed.When You Can Walk on Water. 95 . what do you think. Take the Boat Chapter Ten “Well.
He walked over to his chair and sat down. Allah. Yeshua. do you?” It was more a statement than a question. when there are many others more deserving of an audience than I?” 96 . he said. I didn’t know what to say so I blurted out the first thing that came to mind. Jehovah. I must admit that I’m puzzled.” I asked. you don’t really believe all of this. I am Alpha and Omega. Looking me straight in the eye. the beginning and the end.John Harricharan “Accept this with an open mind. but rather compassionate and kind. His voice and tone were not in the least reprimanding. I am I. I still could not consciously bring myself to believe that he was The God.” He gave the appearance of a man totally in control of himself. “How come. The First Force. “I’m here with you. “and you’ll find there are different ways to approach life. “Well.” “I am God.” said Gideon. Lord God Almighty. yet.” There was a tremendous sense of peace and joy when he was near and. What did you expect to see? What do you think God should look like? An old bearded man sitting on a throne? Dozens of angels dancing around him. First Cause. her or it? God is God and is all things to all people. Yahweh. “John.
Take the Boat “That’s one of the problems. why do you have an office in the Big City? How is it that you’re president and chairman of the board of G & M Enterprises.When You Can Walk on Water. but not all see me. What better place to have an office than in the Big 97 . Listen carefully: Everyone is special to me. Take a rose. I love everything I’ve created.” And as he said that. And there are no little things. They brighten everyone’s life. I appear to everyone in many ways. I love roses.” he said.” “You mean that you care about little things like flat tires?” “Of course I care. “Almost everyone thinks that I’m unreachable. not a little thing. if you are God. I speak to everyone. Do you remember that little child you gave some money to the other day? That was me speaking to your heart and feelings. Do you remember the time you stopped and helped an old man fix a flat tire on the bridge? That was me again.” “Well. for example. Surely. only people who tend to look at things and call them little. anyway?” “G & M stands for God and Man. as if by magic. a beautiful rose appeared in his hand. “Consider its intricacies. but not all listen. It’s my ‘earth’ company. that I only speak to special people at special times. In fact.
I’m in business — the ‘God Business’ or. Actually.R. You see.” If this was God.” “I compare it to a business for your understanding. After I had made the earth and all that was in and on it. 98 .John Harricharan City? We have branches in almost every city.’ in this case and Gideon is a trouble-shooter — special projects. That doubt. You’re one of his projects. Yet. looking at it another way. You understand the corporate world so. “You need proof that I am God. Marla and Gideon are from the corporate office. — ‘people recycling. you’ll always find there’s an element of doubt.” “It sounds so business-oriented. as to whether you did the right thing. the ‘Good Business’. I speak to you in terms of what you understand. I too. is a result of your having the power of choice. I was beginning to take him seriously. then I’ve been granted a rare privilege and should take full advantage of it. We also have a number of subsidiaries. His voice broke into my thoughts. Let me tell you this. I thought. In every town and village you can find us. Marla is in P. as if the entire world were a giant corporation. no matter what proof you’re given.
Suddenly. . This time I was all alone except for the wildlife around me. There were the acacia trees of tropical Africa. . let me show you something. I found myself on a grassy plain with knotted shrubbery covering the landscape. Now. Then there was a rustling sound.” I thought for a few seconds and then blurted out.When You Can Walk on Water.” and before the sentence was finished. I turned around 99 . But then again. whatever I do is the right thing. Think of a place where you’d like to be. and so did you.” “Did Gideon get his powers from you?” “Yes. A chill went down my spine. Take the Boat wondered whether it was the right thing. enclosed jeeps and native guides. didn’t Gideon take me to other places and times? Surely. giraffes and elephants dotted the terrain. there was a movement in the tall grass to my right. My previous trips to the Serengeti plains had been taken using more conventional fare such as airplanes. You will see . The transition was so instantaneous that I caught my breath. the one who called himself God could do the same. Wildebeests. But then again. “How about the Serengeti plains of East Africa?” “Good. .
He crouched ready to spring and I knew. Gideon and God. My arms raised instinctively — then a blur. I continued staring at him. Suddenly. I began to feel that I was looking at the face of God.” Although still visibly shaken from my frightful ordeal. I couldn’t move.” said God. I felt the presence of an extremely powerful and loving force. “Forgive me. it seemed as if I were looking through different eyes than mine. and I was back in the office with Marla. Lord. With an earth-shattering roar. that this situation was not conducive to longevity. the largest. facing me. “You’re not in any danger. It stared at me through fiery eyes that froze the very marrow in my bones. I fell to my knees overcome with awe and whispered. I felt the hot breath of the carnivore just inches away. as if by a miracle. Paralyzed with fear. the lion sprang. black-maned lion I’d ever seen. not more than thirty paces away. Although I didn’t believe at first.” 100 . now I know that You are truly my Lord and my God. “Don’t be afraid. And then.John Harricharan to find. without a doubt. Enough of this. as if new worlds were opening before me. I just stood there rooted to the ground.
you may have vague recollections of what it was like when the sons and daughters of God danced with joy on the morning of creation. Take the Boat “Get up. There are others. You’ve even built walls between yourselves and me. if you search your deepest memories. friend against friend. not only nation against nation. I felt such peace and calm that I forgot about my corporation and its financial troubles. many others and all of them are my children. God continued. Look up into the sky some clear night and see the millions of stars — universes within universes. “It’s easy to set up barriers and retain those barriers for a lifetime.” While God spoke I sat motionless in absolute silence.When You Can Walk on Water. Nothing seemed important except to sit there with Him and listen.” I raised myself as God continued. you’ve forgotten the joy and bliss of being close to me yet. “No need to fall on knees and stuff like that. but neighbor against neighbor. “The universe is dynamic and changing. 101 .” He said. Look up and you’ll know that you are not alone in that vast expanse you call space. with warmth and love in His voice. “This isn’t the only place where life forms exist. You’ve all built walls. In your present state.
. I wish my children would interrupt me more often. “You can interrupt me at anytime and ask questions. . The part of you that is Me and the part of Me that is you will forever remain changeless. Nothing is static. I’m overwhelmed. .” “Lord. Because I am God. as I was saying. . I don’t become offended or feel insulted.” I said. . you existed before and will continue to exist after your body is gone. All things change.” I interrupted Him again. Wherever you are is the center of the universe and the mid-point of eternity. I. but are you saying that we were living. do not change. And as to the choosing process. But I do not change. even though seasons change and worlds change. So. .” “Chosen to be here. Don’t be afraid to speak. Now. Creation never stopped.John Harricharan it continues to grow. God. thinking beings before we were 102 . it will continue forever. Lord? How could we possibly have chosen to be born?” “Do you think for one instant that you appeared out of nothingness into the body you currently have? No. “Pardon me. in this world of change you have chosen to be here.
Even in the depths of the furnace of affliction I’m there with you. the period of history. “I don’t know where to start. You chose the country. I have a million questions. inner self.When You Can Walk on Water.” 103 . “Because of the challenges and opportunities for growth and experimentation in an earth life. “If your conscious self would listen to your higher. Take the Boat born? And that we chose to be here? I mean. understands and remembers. your parents and even your friends. you were conscious energy beings before this earth life. “if you insist on the framework of time as you understand it — in a before and after continuum — yes.” I said. how come we don’t remember?” “First. many chose to come here. You’d be guided in times of stress and comforted in times of sorrow. But the higher self of you. you’d have the answers to many of your questions. the self which knows me well. It is I who speak to you with the still small voice.” “Lord.” God answered. Even in your loneliest moments you’re never alone. The agreement took place at levels that you don’t consciously remember. You made an agreement prior to your birth.
John Harricharan “Why don’t we continue our conversation in a place you’d really enjoy? Would you like to go on a short trip? I think you’ll enjoy it. “Wherever You go.” I said. I want to go.” God looked at Gideon and Marla and nodded.” “Certainly. 104 . Immediately I felt a shimmering sensation and our surroundings disappeared.
God smiled at me and said. especially since you love the ocean so much. Take the Boat Chapter Eleven sight. We were on the deck of a large ship with no land in 105 .When You Can Walk on Water. “I thought a change of scenery would do you some good. As far as the eye could see there was water — bluegreen and beautiful. I glanced around.” A s the shimmering stopped. The gentle wind and serenely rolling waves were soothing therapy.
” he said. “Where is the crew. Marla took a banana instead.” “Not this time. It’ll be a few more centuries before your scientists discover its existence. John. How quickly one becomes accustomed to miracles. There was also a pitcher filled with juice. John. John.” Next to us on a small table sat a basket brimming with fruit.John Harricharan The vessel was a tall ship replete with sails and rigging.” He said. Gideon reached over and poured himself a glass. “We’re using a form of energy called ‘celestial power’ for navigation. you’d understand socalled ‘miracles. There didn’t seem to be anyone else aboard and I wondered who was sailing it. I glanced at God to see what He’d do. It was a delightful setting. Know the laws and your knowledge becomes power. even power requires the use of wisdom. “If you understand universal laws. it’s good. He poured me a glass of the most delicious fruit juice I had ever tasted.” We pulled up a few deck chairs and sat facing the wind. to say the least. Lord? Such a large ship must surely need a crew. “Try some. “There really aren’t any miracles.’ Everything works according to universal laws. Yet. Surely.” God said softly. I thought. He 106 .
your house here on earth. I placed the necessary engineering and electronic data in their memory. but your most advanced 107 . Your body is a marvel of engineering. I designed it to be relatively self-sustaining and self-correcting. They perform in concert to produce a symphony of highly complex vibrations. winked and said. “I don’t have to eat. But it’s enjoyable. they’d keep you healthy. the body generally takes care of itself. “You see. John. Each of your cells is a unit of consciousness.When You Can Walk on Water. God picked up a plum and bit into it.” I couldn’t quite understand what He meant by not having to eat. if done properly and in moderation. so to say. These vibrations affect every other cell in the entire body. These cells know exactly what’s necessary for the body to exist in harmony with its environment. He continued. It is. on earth you have a physical body made of elements that are a part of the very earth itself. neither do you. If given half a chance. at least most times. You think they’re simple because you study them under your microscopes. In the cosmic sense. He looked at me. Take the Boat didn’t eat nor have need to. “If treated with respect and love.
a fear of disease deep in your subconscious makes it possible for the disease to become a part of you. you feed one and not the other. Your concern for food for the physical far outweighs your concern for food for the mental and the spiritual. All diseases have their roots in your mind and beliefs.ease. but that amount is usually small. And the cure for all of them already resides within you. but they generally result from a condition called ‘dis . there are diseases in your world.’ Humankind creates new illnesses all the time.John Harricharan computers are like stone age artifacts compared to the intricacies of the life force in your cells. it’s in the realm of mind that you control all in the physical. the solutions are on the inside.” “How then do you explain disease and illness? Shouldn’t the body take care of these things as well?” I asked. “Yes. Most times. “It’s true that you need a certain amount of nutrients for your physical body. The problems appear on the outside. Think healthy thoughts and discount the possibility of disease and it will never take up residence in your house. It’s by working within that you change without. 108 . Listen. Your mental body is woven into your physical body yet.
Tune in to yourself and trust your guidance. It’s also made to provide you with pleasure. You’d feel that certain colors are good for you. colors and sounds are much more beneficial than others. If you cannot. Certain gems. Take the Boat “There are materials given to you to assist in keeping the body and mind healthy. for example. If your mind is calm and your outlook positive. “You’ll be healthy not by disliking sickness.When You Can Walk on Water. you would naturally be drawn to the right people. the right places and the right things. Your scientists are only now beginning to take a hard look at the intriguing possibilities of these vibrations and frequencies. It’s the vehicle for your consciousness while you’re on earth. Take light and sound. Vibrations of various kinds affect both the physical and mental bodies. You would feel the effects of certain sounds and light. hearing musi- 109 . Looking at a beautiful sunset. Treat your body with respect and love. tasting a delicious meal. but by loving health. In periods of deep meditation you can generally tell which ones would be best for you. These are all around you but usually you ignore them and look for other ways. you may need the help of a teacher or a practitioner in these matters.
The ancient civilizations knew a lot about these things. But nevertheless. that it begins to seem ever further 110 .John Harricharan cal sounds. You built it. these can be very pleasurable sensations for your body. “Why is it. Yet today. Lord. “Fruits and vegetables are good. “Plums are good. I found myself asking. This was extremely important and valuable information. sometimes when we work so hard toward a goal. there’s not much respect for ancient wisdom. My mind was racing. I only designed it and provided the blueprint. Combining ancient wisdom and knowledge with new discoveries will always be more beneficial in the long run.” God relaxed for a moment and took another bite of the plum. but they provide incomplete answers. touching and so forth.” He said. Just being in the presence of the Almighty gave me an entirely different perspective. It was time I thought. There are herbs that are beneficial for specific bodily ailments. Scientific data and analysis are fine up to a point. But in your present century. these problems seemed so far away and not at all important. to ask a few questions concerning my current problems. There’s much to be learned from what was handed down to you.
He doesn’t reap when he should be sowing or sow when he should be reaping. Any light You can shed will be a tremendous help not only to me. but you must know if it is the right time. “The things you are striving for so diligently may not be things you really want or need.” replied God. A good farmer knows when to sow and when to reap.” said God. the world and your life. but do you plant roses in the snow? A stormy day is a good day. You have to learn how to read the signs of the times. “I thought any time was a good or proper time. but is it a day for sailing or fishing? There are cycles in the universe. Another reason may be that you aren’t ready yet or prepared to handle those things. How do we know this timing? How can we find the right time?” “It’s true.When You Can Walk on Water. there are so many things that I’m working on and they all seem to be getting worse. but also to those I’m trying to help. Learn to find the cycles and use them for your benefit. “that anytime is a good time. Winter is a good time.” These reasons seemed too ordinary to be “God Answers. Take the Boat away? In fact. Projects 111 .” so I pursued the question further. Or it could be timing.” “There are various reasons.
John Harricharan begun at the right time will be much more successful than if started at any other time.” He said. You have many puzzles in your life. But although the puzzles are challenging. “Even today. jigsaws and many other kinds. Since ancient times.” “Can the ordinary person use these things for his own guidance?” I asked. could use the stars for navigation on the seas of life. too.” “Sounds something like astrology. You have many guidance systems for your earthly life. astrological or otherwise. “there are many who guide their paths according to the signs they read. celestial navigation or whatever you please. You. They saw a star and they were able to correctly interpret the signs. you’ve been given clues. weren’t given to you as crutches. but as guideposts. How do you think those Three Wise Men from the East found our little baby Jesus? Don’t you remember the story? They studied the heavens. Is there really anything to that stuff?” “I love puzzles — crosswords. Things would be dull indeed without challenges. Call it astrology. sailors have used the stars for navigation on the high seas. These signs. They don’t determine or predestine what 112 .
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will happen to you. You do that. They only point the way. You have to do the traveling. Don’t confuse the map with the territory.” “Most of my animals are more aware of cycles and signs than humans are. Notice how they seem to be aware of approaching storms or earthquakes. They don’t block out the messages they receive. But you, the epitome of My creation on earth, have filled yourselves with so much doubt, worry and fear that you can’t hear yourselves think. You can’t even hear Me speak to you. You even choose to ignore the signs I’ve given you. “Yet, these signs are there for anyone. In your sleep you have signs and guidance through your dreams. In your waking time there are just as many helpful signs for your direction and well-being. Take for example, reading license plates on cars. Every once in a while, take the letters you see and form words. Pick the first words that come into your mind and see how often those words have relevance to your present situation. Once in a while, look at a billboard. Or, perhaps, a song on the radio gives you a hint. Open a book, any book, to any page and see what it tells you. There are ‘sermons in stones’ if you’d take
the time to look, listen and be open to receive information.” A slight breeze arose and the sails billowed. The sound of the creaking masts joined with the ocean to create a beautiful windsong. I still had no desire, but just to sit there forever and hear God speak. I was now able to detect a faint, glowing light around Him. I’d seen this light before around Gideon, but for the first time I saw it around Marla, too. God continued. “Don’t think that you can only speak to me about sacred, holy or spiritual things. As you can see, I enjoy many things, even a cruise. Don’t be afraid to confide in me. I’m closer to you than the air you breathe.” While I had the opportunity I thought I’d ask one question about my future, since I could sense that our meeting was quickly approaching an end. “Lord,” I asked, “will my path over the next months or years be easier than it has been?” “The way you have chosen for yourself will be a difficult but glorious one. You’ll need all the strength and faith you can muster for what lies ahead. But you will come through it. For me to tell you more would deter you from the path that you’ve set for yourself. As you go
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through the months ahead remember that you’re never alone. Reach out and hold my hand sometimes. You’ll be amazed at how much it helps. Wherever you are, I’m there with you.” There was a sweet sadness about this very personal meeting. Gideon looked at me and said, “It’s time to go now, John.” “Do I really have to go?” I asked. God answered, “Yes, John, but remember what you have learned here today. You’ll need it.” Turning to Gideon and Marla, He said, “No need for John to worry about traffic today. Please make sure that he’s returned to his office without any problems.” He looked at me again and as He said, “Go in peace,” I felt as if I’d always known Him. The scene began to disappear. There was a brief silence then I found Gideon and myself, once again, sitting in my parked car. Marla was nowhere to be seen. Gideon whispered, “The Lord moves in mysterious ways,” and then he, too, was gone. Trying to compose myself, I sat there a short while longer. Then as one awakening from a dream, I got out and walked to my office.
Mysterious and complex as 117 . Often. Take the Boat Chapter Twelve the tapestry sometimes appears. one cannot see the entire picture from the limited perspective of a small portion of a lifetime.When You Can Walk on Water. the finished product invariably is a work of art. It’s by expanding the mind and trusting the universal flow that it’s possible to make sense T he threads of history weave strange patterns in the web of time.
On many an evening he would listen in quiet amazement as visitors from faraway lands exchanged stories and tales with one another. Somewhere in the north central part of that land. Far across the seas in the ancient land of Bharat.John Harricharan of what may be considered nonsense or “none sense. This boy’s name. the Maharajah Jai Singh the Second had already made tremendous scientific advancements in the pink and lavender city of Jaipur. daughter of Henry the Eighth. he would dream of those distant lands across the seas and would repeat the stories he learned at court. Well versed was he with the stories told at court. which today is known as India. A young boy. was Mahn Singh. in an area inhabited by the descendants of fierce Rajput warriors. Elizabeth the First. taken from another powerful ruler of earlier days. She was constantly at war with Spain. about the age of ten. England had a new queen. which was then ruled by 118 . As Mahn Singh grew older. was a shrewd and powerful monarch. Thousands of miles across the oceans. served at the court of the powerful Jai Singh.” It was sometime in the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century. mighty forces were at work.
he drifted to land and was rescued by a strange band of warriors. Great was the fury of that storm and when it abated the entire crew. It is said that Juan Martinez was taken to a city called Manoa. ruled by a legendary figure known as El Dorado — The Golden One. The defeat of the Armada did not prevent the Spanish from trying to colonize parts of South America and the islands of the Caribbean. The streets were paved with gold and the houses and temples gloriously reflected the rays of the morning sun. All but Juan Martinez perished. eventually escaping one day to tell his story. He barely survived by clinging to a piece of floating wreckage. a young sailor named Juan Martinez was watching an approaching storm. was no more. delirious and dehydrated. Days passed under the hot. On one of the Spanish expeditions led by Don Pedro da Silva. Beautiful. Philip the Second dispatched the Spanish Armada. In an all out effort to conquer England. finally. was the city.When You Can Walk on Water. indeed. save one. 119 . Juan Martinez lived for many years among the natives of this land. He had drifted into the estuary of that mysterious South American river called the Orinoco. Take the Boat Philip the Second. tropic sun until.
His last days were spent much like his earlier days. In the dense jungles of Guyana could be found bushes of Yellow Allamanda and Red Amaryllis. friend and confidant of Elizabeth the First of England. in the end. But a land of wealth and ease or a golden city could not be found. who had spent much time at the court of the Maharajah Jai Singh the Second. It was there that Sir Walter Raleigh and others believed the fabled city of gold would be found. For many centuries the fight for Guyana continued until. then fades away with the rising sun. the little boy Mahn Singh. the country became a part of the British Empire. One great-grandson especially delighted in asking questions of the elderly Mahn Singh. In the meantime. Jung Bahadur Singh would question Mahn 120 . Many expeditions were made to the area on the northern coast of South America called Guyana. Though still young in age. telling stories of distant lands. In the search for El Dorado many lives were lost.John Harricharan One who heard the story of El Dorado was Sir Walter Raleigh. had become an old man. There was also the waxen petalled Cereus that blooms at midnight once in seven years. this time to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
he persisted and struggled until the day he died.When You Can Walk on Water. shipped off to the only British colony in South America. But the son of Jung Bahadur Singh grew up in the little village by the ocean and remembered the tales of the land from whence his father came. If conditions in India were difficult. Jung Bahadur Singh worked in the fields. Jung Bahadur Singh. took up the call and together with several other stalwart young men. From early morn to late at night. He raised his family as best he could. The village grew and prospered and in time. The younger Singh also learned about the heroes of the Ramayana as well as the countries of the West where many adventures awaited the brave and restless ones who would dare to journey beyond the land of their birth. Take the Boat Singh for hours about foreign lands and different peoples. conditions in Guyana seemed almost impossible. the son of 121 . great grandson of Mahn Singh. Battling the encroaching jungles on one hand and the restless sea on the other in order to save his little farm. Jung Bahadur Singh was in his twenties when he heard that some of his people were traveling across the ocean to work on the sugar plantations in a remote land known as Guyana.
John Harricharan Jung Bahadur Singh named Harricharan Nian Singh. Even meeting God in the Big City had not prepared me for what was to 122 . I witnessed things that I had spent a lifetime building. would be called John. Ever since I first came to these shores. like his grandfather. When I first met Gideon. Like his forefathers before him. The tides of time rolled on and eventually a son was born to him. except for the last few years or. planted his own crops and tended his own sheep and cattle. who later in a radical departure from Hindu tradition. slowly crumble. He taught him the ways of the West and the wisdom of the East. I’ve used a blend of Eastern and Western philosophies that served me well. Nian Singh spent much time with his son. in spite of the last few years. believing that a blend of both would be better than either one alone. he left the land of his birth and traveled to a new land — The United States of America. Strange is the pattern that the Weaver creates as strands of time and space are woven together. perhaps I should say. Nian Singh worked the fields and farms so that he could afford to educate his son in the better schools of the time. Much was learned by John and one day. my career and financial stability were being tested.
my wife and children huddled over a small electric heater because the oil company had turned off our oil supply. God seemed very distant as creditors hounded me daily. with the telephone company not to cut off our service. And what followed was absolutely devastating. Tears welled up in my eyes as I pleaded. I was quickly turning into an outcast. I remember vividly how.When You Can Walk on Water. As time passed. Why must I suffer so much? And if I had to suffer. fear and unhappiness filled me to overflowing. Gideon was far from my mind when my car was repossessed. why did my family and friends have to endure with me? All I had tried to do was to earn a decent living while treating my employees and others 123 . to no avail. in the middle of one winter. leaving me to believe they were never friends in the first place. Anger. The two or three remaining ones helped as much as they could. Take the Boat follow. All I had come to believe seemed to be disintegrating. Friends disappeared. frustration. Where was Gideon in the midst of all this? The questions weren’t new and have been asked by thousands of unfortunate people for centuries. Even brothers and sisters raised their voices in anger and disgust because of my inability to repay debts owed them.
Many were the sorrowful moments I spent alone but. We lost our home and most of our possessions. even so. a new understanding was dawning. descendant of Mahn Singh of Bharat. The question was not “Where was Gideon?. While commuting one evening. love mercy and walk humbly with God.” but “Where was God?” Eventually we moved to another state in a desperate effort to start over. as a final blow. Overwhelmed and despondent. my father. And then. I began questioning everything I held sacred. We sold a few remaining pieces of furniture in order to buy groceries. One of the most difficult sacrifices I was forced to make was to give away Rajah. On quiet evenings as I drove home from work I could still hear his voice in my head. Why couldn’t I see him when I needed him most? Suddenly 124 . the comfort and security we had known as a family vanished as mist before the morning sun.John Harricharan fairly. I was thinking how scarce Gideon had become during my troubles. passed away.” But in spite of my efforts it came crashing down — and fast. After the loss of the company. It was he who had sat beside me as I conversed with Gideon. I had tried to live by the old injunction to “do justly.
When You Can Walk on Water. but we can’t stay here. dumbfounded in amazement. I pulled over to the shoulder of the road and nervously fumbled through the papers in the glove compartment as I awaited the trooper. I must have been so absorbed in my thoughts that I forgot about the speed limit. . .” “Where did you get this car?” As if it was normal procedure. . “I’ve got to talk to you. I said. . What . . he calmly replied. you wanted to see me. “Just thought you could use a laugh and. Gideon! You . for crying out loud. .” I couldn’t continue. “Created it. . “It’s good to see you again but.’ ” he demanded. I mean .” “That’s why I came.” Ignoring his answer. I saw the flashing lights of a state trooper preparing to pull me over. Apprehensively. His grin widened as I just stared. as I recall. Take the Boat the sound of sirens sent me searching my rear view mirror. I’ll see you at ten tomorrow 125 . . . I turned around to glance up at the smiling face of the bearded man and almost dropped the papers in total surprise. “Well. where have you been?” I stammered. Startled. “I’ve been hijacked . at least say ‘Hello. not now! I can’t afford a ticket. Not now.
He was gone — vanished — just like he used to. I glanced at the address then up to the rear view mirror. turned around and walked back to his car. I thought as I pulled into my driveway. Tomorrow I’d see him again. We’ll have lots of time to talk then.John Harricharan morning.” Handing me a piece of paper. waved. 126 . I had lots of questions and this time I wanted answers. Tomorrow we shall see. he gave me a slap on the shoulder. I could hardly contain my excitement as I drove the rest of the way home. Here’s the address.
out of frustration. 127 . I wasn’t familiar with many of the local streets. having located the street. Finally. Due to my recent relocation. I felt calm and composed yet.When You Can Walk on Water. got in my car and drove off. there was an undercurrent of excitement that even I couldn’t deny. I resorted to a local map and. Take the Boat Chapter Thirteen T he morning arrived and I prepared for my meeting with Gideon.
as good as betrayed. we met Him in the Big City — or did we? Was it all nonsense . “Please come in. You must be John. Sometimes. smiled at me and said. John. Simultaneously he stretched out his hand. A gray-haired lady opened the door. I spotted Gideon in the living room and walked over to shake his hand.John Harricharan At the designated address. You were so blinded by what appeared 128 .” I thanked her and entered. a few seconds can seem like an eternity. . Impatiently I fidgeted. not nonsense at all. Anything to start a conversation. smiled and motioned for me to sit. how are you Gideon?” I finally asked. I thought. your business must have been very busy because I haven’t heard from you in ages. Remember. an illusion? My tired mind playing cruel jokes on me?” “No. doing the things that need to be done. “So. We were with you all the time. Gideon? I really could have used some help.” he replied matter-of-factly. I’m tending to business. Where were you during the past few years. Gideon is expecting you. “As usual. . by you and even by God. “Well. Somehow I felt abandoned. Far from it. The silence was overwhelming. I walked up to the front door and anxiously rang the bell.
I’ve been and still am going through a minefield of confusion and suffering. but most of all you’re regaining your sense of purpose. Jim Elliot. wisdom and much more.” He interrupted me. father.When You Can Walk on Water. once said. “Gideon. you probably don’t even care. company and most of my dignity and selfconfidence. .” “Sense of purpose about what?” “About what you came here to do.” “What I came here to do? Beats me. so consumed in self-pity that you weren’t even aware of our presence. but managed to restrain myself. ‘He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. . Her parents are also being treated for cancer. “Yes. humility.’ The things that are important are still with you. There’s no medical insurance — hardly any money. But you gained strength. My wife was diagnosed with cancer. even more so today. I know about all of that. Take the Boat to be happening to you. lands. Your dignity and self-confidence are still with you. a martyr. how much can one person take? You don’t know what it’s like . I mean.” I wanted to scream in anger. I have no idea 129 . Lost my homes.
Why don’t you 130 . Why are bad things happening all the time. didn’t you?” “Of course. John. I knew. why didn’t you stay around to help me when I needed it? Why didn’t you tell me these things were going to happen? You knew. but there never seems to be any progress. you probably would have given up and never reached this point. It’s all I can do to make ends meet. to live and work and struggle until I die. “Oh sure. But if I had told you about them.John Harricharan what I came here to do. perhaps.” “This point isn’t much better than any of the other points along the way. As you can probably see. except. I’ve been struggling so hard. more riddles. I don’t earn enough money to even feed my family. It’s how you look at it. Gideon?” “Bad things happen sometimes and good things can happen most of the time.” “There you go again. Anyway. doesn’t everybody? Survive — get through today so I can start over and struggle with tomorrow. All I do is struggle.” “Don’t you have a sense of something important you must do in this lifetime?” he questioned.
When You Can Walk on Water. that I learned to change the things that you call circumstances. Take the Boat answer my questions? Haven’t bad things ever happened to you?” “Yes! Unpleasant things happened to me many times. Like locusts they came. the teacher and the student. It was the time of the Israelites and the Midianites. In spite of all that. our seed grain. raped our women and enslaved our children. You think that you have had tough times! Let me tell you about tough times! “It was another time and another place. the creator and the creation. They took our sheep and cattle. Life then became much more fun. destroying and laying waste until we lost all hope. For seven long years the Midianites would move across the land and destroy everything in their path. For some reason. all they could find. But that was when I wasn’t aware of who I was and all the power I had at my command. It was only after I realized that I was both the giver and the gift. They seemed numberless. 131 . “The Midianites would race over the land on fast-moving camels. we maintained our faith and kept on struggling. They killed our men. the Midianites had conquered my people and we suffered terribly. thousands of your earth years ago.
But the man was smiling and he seemed friendly enough. “I stood there quivering as he said. similar to the one you asked me earlier. how come the Midianites destroy our land.’ “I was puzzled by this greeting but summoned enough courage to ask a question.John Harricharan Now. I was deathly afraid.’ he said. but then I was too frightened to ask. kill our people and enslave us? What would it have been like if the Lord hadn’t been with me?’ “The answer he gave did not make sense at the time. ‘If the Lord is with me. a man whom I had never seen before stood up. ‘Go in your strength and save your people from the Midianites. As I looked over to the oak tree. Always mindful of spies. while it was not quite dark. “I almost laughed. ‘Hello. I went near the wine press to thresh the grain so that we could get some food. Near the wine press was a giant oak tree. Perhaps. the Lord is with you. my father Joash had hidden some grain from the Midianites and one evening. you mighty man of valor. walked over to me and raised his hand in greeting. it was a messenger of God. but seeing that the stranger was 132 .
if you choose to change them and 133 . But that night I started thinking if I really believed in myself and this power that is called God. When I died they laid me to rest in the tomb of Joash. there was something important to learn. Gideon?” “Of course. my father. How can I do anything?’ “The answer to my question is the same answer I give to yours. Take the Boat serious. ‘My clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least important in my family. From that experience with the Midianites I learned the importance of believing in myself and my God. Many times. I said. The man said. But from each time.” “Do you remember all those times?” “Only the ones I want to. John. power and happiness I could desire and lived to a ripe old age. I then had all the wealth. with only three hundred fighting men. The rest is history — how.’ “You see. things were really bad. I learned that no matter how bad things appeared to be.When You Can Walk on Water. I could do anything. ‘The Lord will be with you and you shall smite the Midianites as one man. you lived on earth before this time.” “So. at Ophra. we put the armies of Midian to flight. I did.
‘Physician.” he said. It’s in remembering and applying what you’ve already learned that you find the answers to your present problems. “What’s happening to you is nothing that shouldn’t 134 . what’s happening to me?” He looked at me with such compassionate eyes and spoke in such sympathetic tones that I was somewhat embarrassed at the way I’d lashed out at him. heal thyself!’” In a humbled tone I asked.John Harricharan if you have a sense of purpose. or how a bird flies? Can you explain how the world works? Listen to your heart and soul in your quiet times and you’ll see how much you remember and how much you really know. you don’t heed your own instructions. “Gideon. you can overcome. The door of the soul opens inward and meditation is the key that unlocks that door.” “How do I go about remembering these things? And how can these things be true?” “What do you mean by ‘how can these things be true’? Can you tell me how a tree grows. You’ve had many lessons of this sort in other times but you’ve forgotten them. You’ve taught many people how to meditate and yet. “Look.
You’re almost there. fruitful. peaceful life.” She smiled as she seated herself next to Gideon. 135 . it pollinates and helps in the creation of fruits.When You Can Walk on Water. “it’s so good to see you again. “John.” “Do you mean all the sorrowful events of the past few years had a purpose?” “Everything has a purpose even though you may not always be aware of it. Don’t give up now. but when you come out you’re clean. I stood up and took her extended hand. You’ve been through a lot of suffering. Take the Boat be happening. You must now start to use some of the learning you’ve gained from your experiences so that you can get on with the business of living a joyful. in so doing. For a while there. The time for tears is almost over.” she said. The honeybee thinks that it only takes the nectar from the flower yet. we thought you weren’t going to pull through. You’re going through a super laundromat — not a pleasant experience while it’s happening. Good gold must first go through the fire. You’re discovering yourself again. There’s an important reason for your being here.” There was a knock at the door and in walked Marla whom I hadn’t seen in years.
” I blurted out happily. but I’ll check with the Chief. Perhaps John might enjoy a short visit there. “How’s it going with System 22?” They both turned to me as Marla replied. “All goes well. some preparations must be made before you’re able to go there. We just have to double check to see if the time is right and if you’re prepared. I felt good seeing Gideon and Marla again. “Will I be seeing you two more often now?” I asked. 136 . Gideon?” I could feel something afoot. “I don’t know if he’s ready yet. “More often than you may want to.” “That would really be a great help. I’ll let you know more about it soon. In fact. don’t you think?” Gideon was serious as he replied. a trip has been scheduled for you. However.” Marla replied. “And I’ve been asked to give you all the help you need and to assist in your growth process.” “What’s this System 22. so I didn’t pursue the issue.John Harricharan Gideon looked at Marla and asked. “It’s an entirely different system from this one.” I could see that further questions about System 22 wouldn’t be answered.
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We said our good-byes and I left my other-worldly friends still a bit baffled, but knowing that I would be seeing them again soon.
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days away and we, like many other families, were preparing for the occasion. Barely able to afford a tree, we settled for a sorry-looking specimen and spent most of the remaining weekend hanging ornaments, lights and decorations. Tired but pleased that we were able to make
week had passed since my last meeting with Gideon and Marla. Christmas was only a few
the most of what we had, I fell into bed exhausted. I must scarcely have fallen asleep when, all of a sudden, I was wide awake again. Being awake this time, however, was somewhat different. I appeared to be floating in the air. Disorienting as this seemed at first, I somehow felt a sense of curiosity and freedom. Gazing down, I saw my body lying peacefully asleep between the sheets yet, I was vibrantly awake, conscious and able to think. I peered around me and found the room as I knew it. I seemed to have a body, but it was much lighter than the one I was accustomed to. Perhaps I had died, I thought, yet I felt more alive than ever. I was beginning to panic when a voice from within my head seemed to speak. “Look behind you, John,” it said. Immediately I turned around and saw Gideon and Marla. “Don’t be afraid, my friend,” said Gideon. “You’re experiencing what’s called an out-of-body situation. Your body is resting perfectly safe on the bed while you’re here with us. In this state we’re able to travel farther and faster and, of course, more efficiently than if you’re in the physical body.” Still a bit unsure, I asked Gideon, “Are you really sure
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it’s safe to be out of my body like this? I mean, isn’t there a danger I might not be able to get back to it?” “Not at all, John. You’re perfectly safe. As a rule, most people do this during their sleep. However, most don’t remember it when they wake up in the morning.” “What’s the point then? Why am I doing it?” Marla spoke up. I don’t mean that a voice echoed across the room. Instead, I just seemed to hear her in my head. “Let’s go to where it’s more comfortable and we’ll tell you about the arrangements.” She reached out and took my hand. Gideon grabbed the other one and, all of a sudden, the three of us were flying, literally, through the roof. Over the house and above the trees we flew until, in a blur, we were standing under a tree in a clearing. Nearby drifted a gentle-flowing stream and the bright moon above us shone on the beautiful, fleecy clouds. Enveloped in a lovely, comfortable warmth, we were immune to temperature and weather. Behind me, stretching it seemed into infinity, was a narrow silver light, somewhat like a shining cord. Gideon, as if reading my mind, said, “We’re speaking to you with our thoughts, John. Without the physical body, you have no need for physical voice or
ears. You’ll hear us, and we you — as soon as thoughts are directed. Incidentally, that shining cord you see, is the silver cord that binds you to your physical body. Your ‘Life Force’ sustains the body through the silver cord.” Marla interjected, “We use this method of travel when there are special things to be accomplished. This is a trial run for what you’ll be doing in a few days. Remember we mentioned System 22 during our last meeting? Well, your visit has been approved. We must tell you a little more about it, however, before we take you there. Somewhat like a mini-orientation.” “Well, I’m listening,” I said. “As you remember, you once visited the World Headquarters of G & M Enterprises,” she continued. “There you met the Chief and had the pleasure of conversing with Him personally.” I thought of how nice it would be to just rest in an easy chair listening to Marla. The thought had hardly occurred to me when I found myself reclining in a comfortable chair. Marla and Gideon were similarly positioned. Gideon announced, “When you’re out of your body as you are now, John, your thoughts are materialized at the
many. fun things or whatever and would they appear?” “Here. or else. however. if you focus on unpleasant things. Think and expect bad and you get that. The same thing could happen when you’re in your body. you see. it’s not as simple as I thought after all. “Gee. John. remember?” “Wow! What a fantastic place!” I shouted. It’s a double edged sword. where would your power of choice be? How could you exercise choice if you were only given one possible choice? Therefore. .’ So. You can’t get one without also being able to get the other. they too will be created. Just a universal law. but then you have to take into account the concept called ‘time. But appear they will. As a man thinketh . “Could I think of all kinds of good stuff. as sure as day follows night. at the speed of thought. of course. . sooner or later. there. you must have at least two choices and most times. Gideon. since the power of choice is one of the most important gifts from your Creator. . or rather. many more.” 143 . That’s the simplicity and the complexity of it. Think and expect good and you get it. too.When You Can Walk on Water. By the same token. controlling one’s thinking is as essential here as it is there. immediately. Take the Boat speed of light.
Most of your great teachers throughout history have spoken about the wisdom of managing and choosing one’s thoughts.John Harricharan “Simple it is. you had no need for cosmic travel methods. “We were discussing just such a situation a few moments ago. However. which isn’t really a place in the formal sense of the word. From that location. but easy it’s not. Nevertheless. without the physical body. Remember when you traveled to your old college and to the Ganges River? You took your body with you because that was local travel. If you were.” “Is it like a super headquarters from which the Almighty 144 . System 22 is outside your star system and is the Universal Headquarters of the Chief.” Marla took up the conversation again. most people still have lots to learn. the entire universe is monitored and adjusted according to the thoughts and needs of its various inhabitants and life forms. “When you travel through time and space on earth. To go to the World Headquarters of G & M Enterprises. it’s much more efficient to do it this way. you don’t necessarily have to leave your physical body. however. to travel to a different star system.
We were all quiet for a while. Marla?” “How many grains of sand are there in the desert? How many stars in the heavens?” she quickly replied in answer to my question. mankind should be able to co-exist with one another and also with the various other life forms. like a child with a new toy. “There are many life forms in many universes. each unique and having its own special place in the scheme of things. “Yes. They were designed to live in harmony with one another.” “Are some of the other civilizations more advanced than ours. Similarly. Just as the ant is able to co-exist with the elephant. Take the Boat manages his universe?” I blurted out.” “How many universes are there altogether. I could ‘hear’ the sound of the wind as it quietly moved through the leaves above me. Ours and yours is System 22. “Then there must be other civilizations and people on other planets and star systems?” I asked. John. on earth there are many life forms.When You Can Walk on Water. Gideon?” 145 . “It’s only headquarters for one universe. still curious. There are many universes and each one has its own support system.” Gideon responded.
if you will? Of course there are.John Harricharan “ ‘Advanced’ is not the correct word. more highly evolved. It would be more accurate to use ‘aware. “Others are not as mature and still indulge in wars and other less evolved behaviors. Also. like I saw Him that time in the Big City?” I stammered. having no need for a body as you know it.’ Are some life forms on earth more advanced than others. there are others far less evolved. We have instant access to Him. Similarly. in the universe there are some civilizations far more advanced than yours. In a few more days we’ll make a trip to our Universal Headquarters. It’s the same Creator who made you and us — The Chief Himself. There the Chief will speak with you again and you’ll be able to ask all the questions you want.” “Would it be possible to see Him again? I mean. “That’s the purpose of the trip to System 22. But they are all children of the First Force and they’re all striving in one way or another to achieve unity of purpose with their Creator. They’re so aware of their infinite power that they create whatever they may need out of pure thought. Think and reflect 146 .’ but for illustrative purposes let’s use ‘advanced. Some are truly energy or light beings.
Marla and Gideon were gone. however. Of one thing I was sure. 147 . We must take you back now. Take the Boat on what you’ve heard tonight. it was not a dream.When You Can Walk on Water. I turned over and was wide awake in bed. but when the time comes for the journey we’ll let you know.” There was a hissing sound and a flash of light.
Christmas day had been spent at home with the family. Somehow. I felt this was to be the day for my visit to System 22. but the golden rays of the sun bathed the trees 149 . It was exciting to help my children set up their toys. Take the Boat Chapter Fifteen in a frosty. Yet nothing had happened to confirm my feelings. sparkling beauty. deep within me. I I t was the day after Christmas. The morning was bitter cold.When You Can Walk on Water.
You ready?” “As ready as I’ll ever be. Today. I would rip the wrappings from my gifts and delight myself with wild imaginations of their contents. however. Standing next to me were Marla and Gideon. the spirit of Christmas had taken on an entirely commercial vein. We experienced the same flying sensation and suddenly there was the feeling of falling. although. and without further ado. should be a peaceful one. Christmas was behind me and it was time to return to the mundane world of commerce. “Your body will be at rest and perfectly safe while we’re gone. Without warning. It was a quiet day at the office and after a good dinner. it happened again.” I replied. 150 . Almost immediately. Christmas hadn’t changed much with time. “It’s time for us to go to System 22. With anxious fingers. I turned in for the night and fell asleep. I was wide awake looking down at my body sleeping peacefully on the bed. they each grasped one of my hands and we were off again.John Harricharan reflected on the days of my childhood and how. with great excitement.” said Gideon. I thought. some time with the family and a few household chores. John. This evening. as I grew older. I would wait for Christmas day.
” he answered. Each person who wants to go or is invited to visit must first go through one of these transfer points.When You Can Walk on Water. “Gideon. but I understand it has something to do with space-time coordinates. Purely technical. We sat down and helped ourselves to some freshly brewed coffee. “This is the first step in the ‘translation’ process from earth to the heavens. Two younger men walked over and greeted us. I don’t know the exact reason why. “To reach System 22 from earth there are several transfer points.” one of them said. The thought occurred to me that even out of my body I enjoyed a good cup of coffee. There are a number of these locations here 151 . It was tastefully decorated with expensive furnishings that seemed to be of the same style I saw at G & M Headquarters. “What do you mean?” I was frankly puzzled. They were talking to one another and occasionally glancing at various giant screens on the wall. “Your turn will come shortly. Gideon. what is this place?” I asked. I guess. The room was full of strangers. Take the Boat we were standing in a brightly-lit room of enormous dimensions. They led us into what appeared to be a waiting room.
except that we’re familiar with it. we could have gone to any of the other points. Australia and India. therefore. “You’ll notice that we all appear to have bodies. space and density constraints as earth bodies.” We stood up and walked over to one of the large 152 . These bodies are mental ones. In fact. the earth body is a physical image of your spirit body. There are also transfer points in California. Two new ones are in the process of being completed in Washington and Atlanta. for example. We chose Arizona for no particular reason. finally. I think they’re almost ready for us. the Chief. we’ve done this many times before. not physical ones and. England. Right now. Virginia Beach and Massachusetts. other points are located. we’re in an area you call Arizona. are not subject to the same time.John Harricharan on earth and a few of them are in this country. However. You see. in Canada. “Outside this country. A few more in Africa. China and elsewhere. somewhat similar to the way a picture shows an actual scene. Let’s go. From this transfer point we’ll go directly to System 22 where you’ll meet some very interesting people and.
Gideon. I had missed him so much. 153 . I turned to Gideon and said. looking exactly as I knew him back on earth.” Smiling. Marla and I joined hands once again and before I could realize what was happening.” A delegation awaited us — a group of friendly people who came forward and surrounded us. He looked straight into my eyes. but in reality couldn’t have been more than a few seconds. you’re not dreaming. we walked right through the screen. son.When You Can Walk on Water. After what seemed like an eternity. “No. Searching the faces around us. The two young men we’d met earlier waved us on. through the screen and into a different world. which was now glowing white. he replied. I became overwhelmed by emotions as I rushed up and threw my arms around him. “We don’t seem to have gone anywhere. I thought for sure I was dreaming. Immediately there was complete darkness. “We’re light years away from where we started. just extremely curious. I was no longer afraid. we emerged into another brilliantly lit room similar to the one we’d just left. I mean. then absolute silence. I was taken by surprise to find my father. a sound not unlike music. Take the Boat screens.” he said to me.
more as a statement than a question. but I’m sure things will work out eventually. He seemed to be happy and at peace. I felt that he already knew how I was doing. Dad. “As alive. it was now full daylight. What’s this place and what are you doing here?” Somehow. as I ever was or will be.” “Well. the door opened automatically and we proceeded into a scene of indescribable beauty.John Harricharan “You’re alive. Was it the light again or did he seem to be surrounded by a faint. The crowd parted as we walked across the room toward a large door.” and she and Gideon vanished. I don’t know how. “We’ll be back with you shortly. son. it’s less confusing not to analyze the mysteries of time and space. I’ve been having a real rough time. Perhaps. Dad?” I said. John. “Tell me how you’ve been. to say the least. 154 . silvery aura? “Sit down. leaving me alone with my Dad. I looked at the man who had raised me and taught me so much about life. Although we’d left the transfer point at night. Marla said. As we approached.” he said as he pointed toward a bench beneath a tree.” he replied.
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“This is a reception center for visitors from various parts of the universe. I’ll be here for a while. I chose this assignment because of the opportunities for growth and learning, but I have to admit it’s also fun.” “Why did you leave us so suddenly, Dad? Don’t you know how much all of us miss you, especially Mom? She speaks of you all the time. Recently, she was very ill, but she’s doing much better now. I think she misses you more than everyone else put together.” I seemed to catch a glimpse of sadness in his eyes as he said, “It was time for me to go on.” He was quiet for a short while as if reflecting on what I’d said. Then he continued, “I’d completed as much of my earth work as I could and there was nothing else for me to do. From here, it’s possible to help you and the others much more than I was able to do while I was there. I watch over your mother constantly. It’ll be a few more years before she joins me, but you’ve just started your work. All that came before was just preparation. Your visit here is the next step. It’s like a graduation before going on to other, more complex work. “I’ll be with you whenever you need me. Just call me
in your thoughts like you called me aloud when you were a little boy. I’ll answer and help you as I always did. I never really left you at all; it only seems that way. Whenever you want to talk with me, find a quiet spot, close your eyes and see the house in the old country and the coconut palm growing by the edge of the little stream. I’ll meet you under the tamarind tree and we’ll discuss whatever it is that’s troubling you. “There are others here who’ll be helping you, too. I’ve known Gideon and Marla from many lifetimes. There is also a group of three called the Companions. I know you see them often in your dreams. They always bring you valid information that very often you choose to ignore. They are your higher self — your guiding, knowing self. Everyone has several helpers. You’re aware of some of yours, but most people never discover the help that is available to them until they cross over to this side.” “Dad, I feel like crying — not tears of sadness, but tears of joy.” “There’s no need for tears at all. The Chief is all Love and Joy. You, son and the others on earth are the ones who believe that life is supposed to be a vale of tears and
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suffering. The Loving Force only wants for you that which you desire for yourselves. Some of you choose sadness and others happiness.” There was such peace and serenity surrounding us as we sat there. It seemed as though he’d always been alive; that he’d lived forever, this dad of mine whom I miss terribly. I knew then that he’d never really died and I could always meet or see him whenever I wanted. “Keep working, learning and growing, son,” he continued. “Never give up. You’ve heard it said ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.’ I believe ‘When the teacher is ready, the master will appear.’ You’ll be meeting with the Chief soon. Then you will know that we’re all one. You’ll understand you’ve never been separated from your Creator; that you and He are one. “We must go now. Gideon and Marla are coming for you and the Lord is waiting.” Gideon and Marla reappeared as suddenly as they had left. My dad hugged me warmly and patted me on the back. Tears fell from the corners of my eyes as he said good-bye. It was so good just to see him again. Of course, it was obvious now that he was not dead, but transformed.
J.H. then continued. so. “We wanted you to spend some time alone with him. “Now we’ll go to see God.” 158 . Creator and All That Is. First Cause. now he was a butterfly of the universe instead of a caterpillar of Earth.” Gideon said. “the Chief. winked at me..” He paused.John Harricharan As the butterfly lives within the caterpillar.
Flowers with the most 159 . I thought. Take the Boat Chapter Sixteen delicate forms blended their exotic scents to perfume the air with an ever so subtle fragrance. Eden must have looked like this.When You Can Walk on Water. Surely. Birds with brilliant-colored plumes sang while painted butterflies danced in fluttering pirouettes creating a rainbow of colors. T ogether we walked along a lovely pathway in a garden of exquisite beauty.
All you have to do is choose which you’d like to have. “Where are we? Could this place be heaven. “No. That person was God. Heaven is neither here nor there. a stillness fell over the crowd.” “Bless you. Realizing how ridiculously stupid I must have appeared. All of this comes from what’s within you.John Harricharan We crossed a nearby clearing into the midst of a garden party. I quickly 160 . Both heaven and hell are within your mind. This isn’t heaven. appearing just as I had seen Him in the Big City. Please sit.” was all I could say. A closer look indicated that there was but one person sitting at that table. “Hello. “Sometimes it gets lonely being God. The comforting sounds of talking and laughter rang out all around us.” He said gesturing in our direction. As we approached a table on the far side of the clearing. Let me assure you. What are you doing sitting all alone?” I asked. We pulled up chairs and joined Him. Lord. The tables and chairs were neatly arranged beneath the tangle of outstretched branches which served as a sheltering canopy. Lord. It’s within you. Lord?” I asked. heaven is closer to you than you think.
why don’t you feed the hungry. “This is your party. Instead of building me a temple. “There is Abraham and over there are Moses and Annabelle. John. heal the sick and teach those who want to learn? Wouldn’t that be more useful than a temple?” God continued. It’s generally the intent that’s important. “Don’t be embarrassed.” He said. calling names. “I’ve invited a number of others to be our guests and to join in our celebration. “Thank you. Next to them you can see 161 .When You Can Walk on Water. I’ll spend my life building a temple where we can worship and praise you. When I return home. “Lord. help the poor. Let me introduce some of them.” said God. We’re celebrating your visit. “Why don’t you say something. Take the Boat apologized. feeling at a loss for words. Gideon?” I asked. I’m so happy to be here. John. Sir.” He stood up and pointed to various tables.” Looking at God. I really get bored with this praise thing.” I replied as Marla and Gideon giggled in amusement at my predicament.” “That’s very kind of you. I said. “but whatever gave you the idea that I dwell in temples or that I want to be worshipped and praised? Look.
Elizabeth the First. This is a cooperative universe. These are some of my children. each one trying to fulfill his or her mission.” “How can they all be at the same party. another doesn’t have to be poorer. not a competitive one. you recognize. Each is as important as the other. Paul. Gautama and Jacob. Lord?” I asked. Sitting with them are Martin Luther King. To our right. John. The famous names. In the game of life. Joan of Arc. For you to be healthy. Benjamin Franklin and Joseph Rigby. For someone to be richer. Gandhi and Mary of Magdala. They were just simple folks. The other three.John Harricharan Thomas and Krishna. There’s enough and more than enough for everyone. under that oak tree are Jesus. are still quite as dear to me. After tea. though not mentioned in history books. And over on the other side Rama.” 162 . Jennifer Thompson. my friends and helpers. Jennifer and Annabelle?” “They’re all created in my image. Confucius. Mohammed. you should go around and meet them. Peter. “I mean. all can win and all can receive prizes. no one has to be sick. Krishna and the Buddha conversing with Mohammed and Jesus? And who are Joseph.
Suffering should only teach you that you didn’t really have to suffer in the first place. Learn to understand yourself and you’ll find it easier to understand everything else.” I interrupted God at this point. Yet.When You Can Walk on Water. And yes. of course. but I’ve asked many times and. I. “Earth life appears to be so difficult at times for those who are there. seek and knock. too. yet. Is this a dream or will I forget when I wake up?” “No. Tolerance. so ask. Why is that so?” “It’s very simple indeed. am always there to assist you. I seemed to have been worse off than before asking. Many times you ask without 163 . this isn’t a dream. these are some of the important things. harmony and understanding. I’ve got to try to remember it all. The important parts will stay in your memory for the rest of your earth life. Take the Boat “This is important. You have allies in many dimensions who are more than willing and able to help you when you’re caught in a difficult situation. And. you’ll forget some. it seemed that there wasn’t any answer. You say we should ask for help. When you need help. ask for it. there’s no need for suffering and pain. Help is always available if you choose to ask for it. “Lord. but not all.
actually. “Then there are those times when you’re like your son who has just broken his toy train. He asks you to fix it for him. but he holds on to it and won’t give it to you. I am with you always. Sometimes you go through trials. When you’re down in the arena and your face is in the dust and the crowds are booing.” “Do You mean it’s that simple? Just let go? That makes sense though. but that’s only to strengthen parts of you and to give you a deeper understanding. you’re pleading and begging and talking so much that you can’t hear the answer. don’t give up. Let go and let God. When you feel the boot of your opponent on your neck. “You always have enough to do what has to be done — more than enough. he even tells you how to fix it. At other times. to take care of all your needs and wants. don’t give up. I think I’ll try it. You want a problem solved? Then don’t hold on to it. You’re never alone.John Harricharan believing that you’ll get an answer.” I stammered. In fact. Sometimes you don’t think that you deserve an answer. When they laugh at you and ridicule you and say all manner of vile things against you. Release it to me and go about your work. when you 164 .
Yet. Lord? Very. Do You know how far I figure we must be from earth. very far. In fact. like Me. Gideon told me that we’re somewhere on the third star of the Aldebaran System. I had to travel through transfer points on earth to get here. why do I have to travel so far to see You.When You Can Walk on Water. Never let go of hope. As you believe. Your essence and nature span the universe itself and. Hope keeps mighty big company with faith and love. remember this — it’s not over yet. You’re everywhere and nowhere. If You are always with me. so it is.’ “Beliefs are extremely important. Get a faith-lift if you must and don’t abandon hope. you can be everywhere and everywhen. Take the Boat feel that life isn’t worth living any longer. You didn’t have to go through transfer points or travel great distances to see me. I don’t always see You as I see You now. John. so we accommodated your beliefs. You believed that was the only way to do it. Even when you seem to be ‘nowhere’ you are still ‘now-here. How can You hear when I call?” “Precisely the point I want to make clear.” “You say that You’re always with me and Your other children. You’re on Aldebaran and you’re on earth. You think that you 165 .
Instead of trying to ‘set’ things right. Do away with what you don’t want by ceasing to hate it. See your problems and challenges through Me instead of seeing Me through them. you think yourselves apart from Me. try to ‘see’ them right and they’ll automatically be set right. There is mountain-moving power in each and every one of My children. “You wonder about prayer at times and think that it must be magical. That which I do. You are made as I am. You are all co-creators with Me. you see what you believe. There is only one power and one force in the universe and I AM THAT.John Harricharan believe what you see. at times. “You tend to think of yourselves as a people of beginnings and endings. There’s no magic in it. yet. you can do also. All you need to do is to become aware that I am there. It’s a method I 166 . In reality. to guide and help you isn’t in the skies. I am within you. And yet. You are a part of Me and. “The power to heal and prosper you. there is neither. That which you love will continue forever just as surely as that which you hate. It is and always has been within you. I created you in My image and likeness so YOU ARE THAT.
Many of them have gone through a lot worse than you have and. they emerged victorious. “Perhaps.When You Can Walk on Water. “You are a child of the King. you just have to be aware of your birthright. Look at the trees.” God continued. you shall continue to be. you have been and long after they’re gone. Life is really a celebration. yet.” Listening to God again was an experience never to be forgotten. Marla. Take the Boat gave to you so that you could reach Me anytime you want. It was designed to bring you to the realization that you should be aware of Me all the time. Use it as it was originally taught. a prince of the realm. it would help you to understand better if you walk around a bit and talk to some of My other children. It was delightfully refreshing to converse with some of the great 167 . John. All of you are children of the King and thus princes and princesses. To understand the so-called mysteries of life. You should know that long before they were. the mountains and the skies. Come first to yourself and then you’ll find that you have come to Me. Enjoy the party. it changes you. Prayer does not change Me. Gideon and I walked over to a number of tables and spoke with some of the people.
I walked over to Jesus who was having a conversation with the Buddha. They started worshipping me instead of teaching and living what I’d taught 168 .” said the Buddha. Naturally. “Were a group of pretty somber folks and I had to make quite an impression on them. “I’m somewhat surprised to see the two of you at the same party. I’m far from dead. They quickly forgot the ‘miracles and parables. “Lord Christ. As you can see.John Harricharan personalities of all time. Do you have a lot in common?” “More than most people would like to believe. somewhere along the way their followers got everything mixed up. not on a cross nor anyplace else.” I said. My followers. “I didn’t have to die. if you look over there. “Pardon m e for interrupting. after all was said and done. I had to make sure they got the message and were going to teach others about the laws of life.” as he pointed to Peter and Paul. could you explain to me why you had to die on a cross?” I asked.’ but my so called ‘death and resurrection’ gave them the incentive they needed to spread the message. John.
The same thing happened to my friend here. “We’ve all been trying to say the same thing for ages.When You Can Walk on Water. I was sitting under a Bodhi tree. You have direct access to the Chief. Prince Gautama. To raise ourselves higher. Jesus exemplified this best. and there we are. or as he’s more commonly known. Love your 169 . You can’t even recognize some of the things I taught them. the Buddha. Jesus and others. Only believe and know that this is so. direct access to any of us. I thought how wonderful it would be to share what I’d found. there’ll be others of us who’ll keep trying. But those who came after me interpreted and misinterpreted what I tried to say.” “Will you still help us then?” “I. if you call upon us. we must endeavor to raise the consciousness of the entire human race.” he said. He taught about love. John. No need for meaningless sacrifices and rituals. Well. Take the Boat them. will always be with you to help. “Listen. Just believe that we’re with you.” Confucius came over and joined in the conversation.” The Buddha took up the conversation. “When I first began to understand the laws of the universe. The Buddha’s message was love.
Remember the Golden Rule? Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Don’t try to teach people how to love.” God walked over to us while tea was being served. The whole thing is very simple. “I want you to meet Lord Michael.” He said. Ask God. “I speak to all. “And I speak through all. How could this be? I. His angels and others to be speaking with me. Beside Him was a tall. Do you 170 . People must learn that they are all shipmates on the common voyage of life and that they cannot sink their shipmates without sinking themselves. Work on love.” God said. You and your legends know him as the archangel. He only uses wings when there’s a need for such appearances. Just show them by example. Don’t be surprised that he hasn’t any wings. You must love without expecting anything in return.” I bowed with reverence and thought to myself that it wasn’t possible for God. He loves us exactly as we are.John Harricharan God. Ask Gandhi over there and he’ll tell you. John. Michael. talking with God? Immediately God answered my unspoken question. You should try love sometimes. “John. remarkable looking fellow. a relatively insignificant human being. Love yourself. Love your neighbor.
I speak to you and I speak through you. How about Paul? At one time they called him Saul of Tarsus. having studied under Gamaliel at the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem. he spoke in thunder tones of truth. “Look at Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. man-made laws. hundreds of millions of you believe in him.When You Can Walk on Water. Don’t confuse facts with 171 . We speak for each other. Take the Boat see Peter over there? They used to call him Simon. Even Mary of Magdala heard and understood me. through him. I wish more of you would believe in what he said. yet. “Speak the truth wherever you may find it. Laws were made for people. you say he was? A lawyer. He spoke of non-violence and love and millions of people listened to him. Seek the truth wherever it is to be found. you say? But what a fisherman! When he became aware of my presence through the teachings of Jesus. yes. Gautama was a prince in India. He was just a common fisherman. but much more aware of universal laws than petty. I spoke to many others. And Jesus? He was born the son of a carpenter and. See how quietly he sits? A simple lawyer. He was formally educated. not people for laws. I spoke to him and.
“All power in heaven and earth have been given to you. even your own. You’ve always had it. 172 . Life is My greatest gift to you and I permit no one to destroy it. My will for you is really your own will for yourself. Even when it appears that life has been destroyed.John Harricharan truth. See with your true eyes and you’ll never again be in bondage to yourself or to another. They’ve only found themselves for I’ve never been lost. All. they’re just opinions. help them to find truth for themselves. No one has that power. Truth is absolute. Facts are relative. it’s only an illusion you see. Most times. except one. You don’t have the power to destroy life. It is Mine and Mine alone. my son. Instead of trying to force your facts on others. You have the power of God with you. “There are those who say that they’ve found Me and rejoice in their discovery. You. Lift up your head and look. Facts may not even be facts at all. are as valid as I am. “You’re all brothers and sisters on a common journey toward your true potential. If your experience seems to be lacking in this freedom. it’s only because you have been fettered in chains of your own forging. You’re as free as you ever will be.
they and those I love will always be with me. and always will be with me. forever and ever. “We are one — all in one and one in all. A voice. wide awake. Then all of a sudden. I am you in spirit as much as you are Me in becoming. I was startled to find myself in my bedroom. But now I know that. 173 . Perhaps.” Suddenly.” God ceased speaking and the party grew quiet.When You Can Walk on Water. The good that you do.’ then you’ll be a master of the universe. spoke in my head. learned a lot. The evil that one does is his alone. It was time to be about my work. This is not an ending. It was now very late and I had experienced much and. is. hopefully. I was alone. It’s not even the beginning of an ending. It’s simply a beginning and so be it. Take the Boat When you can honestly say to yourself. The End? The Beginning? You choose On the next page is a letter from the author. to seek the bliss beyond the appearances of the now. you do for yourself. I shall again see Gideon and Marla. You see. But there was an overwhelming sense of power and knowing within me. It will take less than a minute to read. that God has always been. ‘I and my Father are One. still and small.
Like all adventures. you’d find that your world is safe and that . And the adventure never ends. sorrow.A letter from the author Dear Reader: If you have arrived at this point. joy. at times. turmoil. Take the Boat” spoke of “endings” and “beginnings. there are moments of fear. every once in a while. peace. But this is not the end. You’ve sat in on conversations with Gideon and Marla and you’ve seen John as he struggled to make sense of what appeared. This is life. If you take a moment or two. the last paragraph of “When You can Walk on Water.” Every ending implies a new beginning. anticipation and any emotion you could think of. Every beginning is the start of a glorious adventure. If you recall. to sit still and listen to your heart. you have traveled far. anxiety. to be a senseless world.
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